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What are my options of blood thinning medicines to treat my atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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  • Blood thinning medicines help prevent blood clots. They can lower your chances of a stroke by 50% to 70%. Some examples of these drugs include: Apixaban (Eliquis)
  • Aspirin
  • Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
  • Edoxaban (Savaysa, Lixiana)
  • Heparin
  • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)

 

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digoxin: A Medicine for Heart Problems."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Types of Blood Pressure Medications," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?"

Texas Heart Institute: "Beta-Blockers," "Calcium Channel Blockers."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Atrial fibrillation (Beyond the basics)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

 

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digoxin: A Medicine for Heart Problems."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Types of Blood Pressure Medications," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?"

Texas Heart Institute: "Beta-Blockers," "Calcium Channel Blockers."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Atrial fibrillation (Beyond the basics)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

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