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How can you prevent stroke related to an atrial flutter?

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Stroke is a devastating complication of atrial flutter. It occurs when a piece of a blood clot formed in the heart breaks off and travels to the brain, where it blocks blood flow.

Patients with persistent atrial flutter need a blood-thinning drug called warfarin to lower this risk. Warfarin blocks a certain factor in the blood that promotes clotting. Other blood thinners called Pradaxa (dabigatran), Eliquis (apixaban), and Xarelto (rivaroxaban) have been approved by the FDA to prevent stroke in people with atrial fibrillation.

People at lower risk of stroke and those who cannot take warfarin may use aspirin. Aspirin is not without its own side effects, including bleeding problems and stomach ulcers.

From: Atrial Flutter WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Noel G Boyle, MB, BCh, MD, PhD, Co-Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. Coauthor(s): Theodore A Spevack, DO, Director, Chair, Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Barnabas Hospital, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C, Medical Writer, eMedicine.com, Inc. Editors: Alan D Forker, MD, Program Director of Cardiovascular Fellowship, Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine; Mary L Windle, Pharm D, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine.com, Inc; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  




Atrial Flutter on eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 14, 2018

Author: Noel G Boyle, MB, BCh, MD, PhD, Co-Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. Coauthor(s): Theodore A Spevack, DO, Director, Chair, Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Barnabas Hospital, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C, Medical Writer, eMedicine.com, Inc. Editors: Alan D Forker, MD, Program Director of Cardiovascular Fellowship, Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine; Mary L Windle, Pharm D, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine.com, Inc; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  




Atrial Flutter on eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 14, 2018

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