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Non-surgical procedure an alternative to blood thinners for atrial fibrillation patients

A non-surgical procedure could help prevent strokes in patients with a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation, and eliminate the need for blood thinners. The procedure, identified by scientists from the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute in Illinois, involves tying off the left atrial appendage (LAA), where most stroke-inducing blood clots come from. Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. It involves the upper chambers of the heart, or the atria. During an episode of atrial fibrillation, the atria beat out of rhythm very quickly and then slow as the impulse travels to the lower chambers, the ventricles, ... Read More

Study shows Pradaxa puts users at increased risk for heart attacks, bleeds


The new blockbuster blood thinner Pradaxa may present serious risks of heart attacks and spontaneous bleeding events, according to a study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine. Pradaxa was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2010 for the prevention of strokes in patients with a type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AF). It was the first anticoagulant approved for such use since warfarin (Coumadin) more than 50 years ago. What had members of the health care community so in favor of the new drug was that patients on warfarin have to be monitored ... Read More

More Pradaxa adverse events reported to FDA


The new blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) continues to rack up more complaints to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) than any other regularly monitored drug, with 931 incidents reported to the FDA in the first quarter of 2011, and an additional 856 reported in the second quarter. The data on suspect drugs is gathered by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and its findings released in its quarterly newsletter. ISMP is a nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. The organization is known worldwide as the premier resource for impartial, timely, and accurate medication ... Read More

Health Canada issues stronger warnings for blood thinner Pradaxa

Health regulators in Canada have issued a warning on the new blood thinner Pradaxa, sold in Canada as Pradax. The new safety label will warn that the risk of internal bleeding events may be increased among patients with kidney problems, Health Canada announced earlier this month. Pradax labels now recommend that all patients should have their renal function assessed before starting the drug, and that doctors should assess any changes in renal function for patients while on the medication, especially for patients who are 75 years of age and older. Health Canada also Pradax was not recommended for patients with ... Read More