Atrial fibrillation/flutter is the most common cardiac arrhythmia that can potentially result in stroke and death. For many years, aspirin and warfarin have been the cornerstone of stroke prevention among such patients. Although warfarin therapy has been advocated for patients with high likelihood of stroke, it requires close surveillance and monitoring, has a narrow therapeutic window and is quite often affected by medication interactions and diet. Thus, the need for a better and more consistent anticoagulant therapy was necessary and has been under development with various successes for many years. This article will review 3 new antithrombotic medications that may potentially become the mainstay for treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation in the near future.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||American Journal of the Medical Sciences|
|State||Published - Aug 2012|
- Atrial fibrillation
- Newer anticoagulants
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