Patients with the common heart rhythm abnormality atrial fibrillation (AF) are routinely prescribed blood thinners, such as the long-used warfarin, to reduce the risk of blood clot-related strokes. However, a new study has linked the use of warfarin to an increased dementia risk. Patients with heart problems tend to be at greater risk of dementia, previous studies have found. But the association grows stronger in patients treated long-term with warfarin, say researchers with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute. For the study, researchers recruited more than 10,000 patients with or without atrial fibrillation and gave them the blood thinners in different ... Read More
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