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Atrial fibrillation: Taking anticoagulants safely

Key points

  • When taken properly, anticoagulants can reduce your risk of stroke from atrial fibrillation.
  • Certain precautions should be followed when taking anticoagulants.
  • Regular blood monitoring is needed while taking anticoagulants.
  • You will need to take anticoagulants as long as you have atrial fibrillation.

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Author Robin Parks, MS
Editor Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Associate Editor Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John M. Miller, MD - Electrophysiology
Last Updated December 18, 2008

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Last Updated: December 18, 2008
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