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FDA: Atrial Fibrillation and New Oral Anticoagulant Drugs

From the US Food and Drug Administration October 2016 Ellis F. Unger, M.D. More than 3 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, a problem with the electrical system of the heart that causes an irregular heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation can produce palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, weakness, and chest pain, or may occur without symptoms. The main concern, however, is that atrial fibrillation can lead to the formation of blood clots in the heart, which can travel to the brain and… Keep Reading

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Reversing the Effects of the New Anti-Clotting Drugs

Though catastrophic bleeding from the novel oral anticoagulants is extremely rare, the availability of antidotes reassures health care providers, patients, and their families. It changes the psychology of prescribing and tilts the balance more strongly toward the novel agents. Harvard Health Blog –December 9, 2018\6 –Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD The oral anticoagulant warfarin (Coumadin) became available for prescription in 1954. This anti-clotting drug commanded national attention when President Dwight Eisenhower received the drug as part of his treatment following a… Keep Reading

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How Long Are Blood Thinners Needed for Lung Clots?

New French study suggests that anti-clotting drugs may be needed for the very long term (From WebMD) By Robert Preidt — July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who suffer a blood clot in the lungs with no obvious cause can ward off a new clot with extended use of blood-thinning medications, a new study shows. However, the length of time those blood thinners should be given is unclear, since their benefits wear off soon after use is discontinued, the… Keep Reading

Cleveland Clinic: The Big Six Heart Medications

The Big 6 Heart Medications Physicians today have an arsenal of medications they can prescribe to help their patients in the battle against heart disease. If you are a heart patient, you can expect to be taking one or more of these highly effective medications. As a heart patient, it’s important to understand what each medication does and how to use them safely, often in combination. When used appropriately and according to the proper prescription, these medications extend both quantity… Keep Reading

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