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  1. Irregular Heart Rhythm Linked to Mental Problems

    Feb. 27, 2012 -- Atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart rhythm, is known to increase a person’s risk of stroke. Now, new findings suggest that some people with AF who also have other heart disease risks may be more likely to develop memory problems that may make daily living more difficult. Th

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  2. Study: Higher Heart Attack Risk From Pradaxa

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- Patients taking the new anti-clotting drug Pradaxa have a 33% higher risk of heart attack or severe symptoms of heart disease than do patients taking warfarin. The finding, from Cleveland Clinic researchers Ken Uchino, MD, and Adrian V. Hernandez, MD, PhD, is based on data from seve

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  3. Xarelto Approved for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Janssen's Xarelto to prevent stroke in patients with an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation -- with a strong "black box" warning. A black box warning is the FDA's strongest warning. Xarelto had previously been approved to prevent blood clots in patie

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  4. FDA Advisory Panel Backs Xarelto to Prevent Strokes

    Sept. 8, 2011 -- An FDA advisory panel has voted to recommend approval of a new blood thinner to prevent strokes and dangerous blood clots in patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. In a vote of nine to two, with one member abstaining, the panel said Xarelto (rivaroxaban) was at

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  5. Anti-clotting Drug Warfarin May Be Safe for Elderly

    Aug. 31, 2011 (Paris) -- The anti-clotting drug warfarin is safe and beneficial for people aged 80 and over, according to a new report. But the drug is being prescribed to fewer than half of older people with a heart condition that puts them at high risk of stroke who would benefit from warfarin, a

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  6. Study: New Anticlotting Drug Beats Warfarin

    Aug. 29, 2011 (Paris) -- The experimental anticlotting pill Eliquis beat out the standard drug, warfarin, at preventing strokes in people with a heart condition that puts them at high risk of blood clots and stroke, researchers report. The new drug, also known as apixaban, cut the risk of stroke by

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  7. New Blood Thinner Prevents Strokes in Heart Patients

    Aug. 10, 2011 -- The newly approved drug Xarelto appears to prevent strokes at least as well as the standard treatment warfarin in people who have a heart condition that puts them at high risk for blood clots, a study shows. Xarelto was approved by the FDA in July to prevent dangerous blood clots in

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  8. Atrial Fibrillation Raises Death Risk for Middle-Aged Women

    May 24, 2011 -- Otherwise healthy middle-aged women newly diagnosed with a heart rhythm problem known as atrial fibrillation are at increased risk of premature death, a study shows. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Many studies have found older people with a

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  9. Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Costs, Hospitalizations Mount

    May 3, 2011 -- People with atrial fibrillation, a common type of abnormal heart rhythm, are hospitalized twice as often as people without the condition, and costs of treatment are high, a new study suggests. Not only are people with atrial fibrillation hospitalized more often, they have three times

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  10. Atrial Fibrillation May Have Link to Dementia

    March 7, 2011 -- An irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation may raise the risk of dementia among stroke survivors, according to a new study. The study shows that among people who had survived a stroke, those with atrial fibrillation were 2.4 times more likely to develop dementia than those

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