When people with atrial fibrillation (AF) stop taking a blood thinner, their risk of having a stroke increases dramatically, according to a new study. People with AF are five times more likely than someone without the condition to suffer a stroke. When someone has AF, the upper chambers of the heart quiver or flutter instead of contracting, which can cause the blood to pool and clot. When these clots travel to the brain, they cause a stroke. Anticoagulants work to prevent strokes in AF patients. Though the medication is lifesaving, there are situations in which patients need to stop taking ... Read More
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