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Risks of Warfarin

The most common type of bleed necessitating hospitalization was gastrointestinal bleeding, which accounted for 62% of cases.     Medscape –Sue Hughes –November 27, 2012– Major Bleeds With Warfarin in AF Are Often Fatal Results of a large observational study of warfarin use in AF patients suggest that major bleeding rates are higher than in clinical trials and are often fatal. The authors, led by Tara Gomes (University of Toronto, ON), conclude that the study “provides timely estimates of warfarin-related…

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Atrial Fibrillation, Strokes and Blood Thinners

  On average, people with AFib are 5 times more likely to suffer a stroke than those with a normal heartbeat CardioSmart      American College of Cardiology Understanding Risks of Stroke and Blood Thinners If you have atrial fibrillation (AFib), your heart beats irregularly. As a result, your heart has a harder time pumping blood out and to the body. When this happens, blood can pool in the heart and form clots. If a blood clot travels through the…

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Understanding Blood Medications: Anti-coagulants and Anti-platelets

  The most important and most effective thing a survivor can do is take their health into their own hands.   American Stroke Association –April 2014– Clot? Not! Antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapies are at the heart of preventing recurrent strokes. Although neither antiplatelet nor anticoagulant drugs can break up a clot (that’s a job for tPA and other clot busters being tested), both types of drugs are effective in keeping a clot from forming or stopping the growth of one. A…

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Possible Dangers of Warfarin

Because it’s so easy to get wrong, Coumadin is the most dangerous drug in America. Rod Baird, president of Geriatric Practice Management,   The Washington Post — Charles Ornstein | –July 12, 2015– Popular blood thinner causing deaths, injuries in nursing homes   Lorna Finch lost her father, Loren Peters, right, when staff at his nursing home did not oversee his Coumadin correctly, regulators found. Her mother, Arleta Peters, left, died three weeks afterward. When Loren Peters arrived in the…

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Pradaxa Lawsuit Settled for $650 Million

After Pradaxa arrived on the market, emergency department doctors and trauma surgeons became alarmed because patients using the drug were arriving with life-threatening bleeding that did not always respond to standard treatments. New York Times –Katie Thomas– –May 28, 2014– $650 Million to Settle Blood Thinner Lawsuits The German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of lawsuits involving its blood thinner Pradaxa, the company said Wednesday The settlement will most likely resolve most…

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Chocolate Intake and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Participants with higher levels of chocolate intake had a lower rate of clinically apparent incident AF or flutter. BMJ Journals — Volume 103, Issue 15 Chocolate intake and risk of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation: the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study Elizabeth Mostofsky, Martin Berg Johansen, Anne Tjønneland Harpreet S Chahal, Murray A Mittleman, Kim Overvad Abstract Objective To evaluate the association between chocolate intake and incident clinically apparent atrial fibrillation or flutter (AF). Methods The Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health…

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