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What are the effects of blood thinners for atrial fibrillation?

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Blood thinners can make you more likely to bruise or bleed too much. You'll see your doctor for a blood test every month to make sure the medication is working and you're on the right dose.

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

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

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "Atrial Fibrillation Surgery -- Maze Procedure."

UAB Medicine: "Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion."

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

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

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "Atrial Fibrillation Surgery -- Maze Procedure."

UAB Medicine: "Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion."

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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