Novel oral anticoagulant prescriptions soar, but at a high cost

Warfarin, the longtime standard treatment for atrial fibrillation, is facing competition from new options in the anticoagulant drug marketplace including dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban. A new study documents the rapid ...


ESC: Complications noted after dabigatran heart valve Tx

(HealthDay)—Patients with heart valve replacements have greater rates of thromboembolic and bleeding complications after treatment with dabigatran compared with warfarin, according to a study published online Sept. 1 in ...


Newer anticoagulants linked to gastrointestinal bleeding

(HealthDay)—Patients taking the new generation of oral anticoagulants appear to have a higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding compared with standard care, particularly when treated for venous thrombosis or acute coronary ...

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