Finally: An Alternative to Your Blood Thinners (Video)

Patients with atrial fibrillation (afib), the most common type of irregular heart rhythm, are five times more likely to suffer a stroke than those without afib. “Therefore, the most important aspect of afib management is the prevention of stroke,” says Oussama Wazni, MD, Director of the Outpatient Electrophysiology Department and Co-Director of the Atrial Fibrillation … Read More

Blood Clotting Disorders You Can Inherit

Relatively rare, but increasingly studied, blood clotting disorders present at birth can create problems throughout your life. These disorders usually cause blood clots in veins including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the arms or legs, pulmonary embolism, and blood clots in the brain, intestines and kidneys. They rarely cause blood clots in the arteries. How … Read More

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Taking Warfarin Before Cardiac Device Surgery

Managing blood thinner medication before pacemaker or defibrillator surgery is a common challenge, but a new study confirms long-standing observations that uninterrupted warfarin treatment before device surgery is the best option. “Between 15 to 30 percent of patients undergoing pacemaker or defibrillator surgeries are on long-term oral anticoagulation (blood thinners),” says electrophysiologist Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, … Read More

Study Shows Warfarin Works

People diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) – an irregular heartbeat – have reason to worry about strokes. An erratically beating heart can generate stroke-causing blood clots and send them into the blood stream. That’s why they invented warfarin, a blood-thinning drug that is prescribed to many AF patients. Now, a new study by Cleveland Clinic … Read More