The most serious adverse consequence of having atrial fibrillation is stroke. Since we have safe and effective ways of preventing afib-related stroke with oral anticoagulant drugs (blood thinners), a major decision for the newly diagnosed patient with atrial fibrillation is “should I take a blood thinner?” 2,056 more words
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What is stroke?
Most of us must have known a relative, friend or fellow worker who has had stroke. As the name implies and simply put, it is a catastrophic loss of power and movement in one half of the body in a person who was otherwise ‘healthy,’ from a disturbance of the blood supply to the brain. 1,395 more words
The skeptical cardiologist received an email from a woman telling him that September is atrial fibrillation awareness month and offering me the free use of an infographic given that I… 653 more words
While prasugrel (Effient®) or ticagrelor (Brilinta®) have replaced clopidogrel (Plavix®) in the management of acute coronary syndromes, I wonder why we haven’t seen much of their infiltration in the market for secondary prevention of stroke. 371 more words
The number of strokes across the UK could rise by almost half (44 per cent) (i) in the next 20 years, according to a new report (ii) by researchers from King’s College London. 262 more words