Q: My mother is a patient with atrial fibrillation, but the doctor prescribed anticoagulant medicines to prevent her from having a stroke. Why?
A: If a person is diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, then he is at an average high risk of stroke. Due to the malfunction of the patient’s heart, blood clots can be formed easily in the left atrium of his heart. After a blood clot is pumped out from the heart, it may get a vessel clogged in any part of your body because of blood circulation. Then the patient will have a stroke. The blood clot can even threaten the patient’s life by getting stuck in the brain.
Therefore, anticoagulation is very important in the treatment for atrial fibrillation. Medicines to control the patient’s heart rate and heart rhythm is the fundamental part of drug treatment, and anticoagulant medicines are necessary to prevent further risks. Among many drugs used for anticoagulation, Warfarin is the most common one. It can not only avoid the formation of blood clots, but also help eliminate blood clots that have already existed in the body.
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