Tag: blood clots

Blood Thinners: Balancing the Benefits and Risks

So-called “blood thinners” (anticoagulant drugs) can help prevent dangerous blood clots in people with the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib), in which the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) beat irregularly and ineffectively. “This causes blood to pool in the atria,” says Jonathan Halperin, MD, director of clinical

Newsbriefs: Blood Clots; Heart Attack Prevention; Hypoglycemia

Factor Xa Inhibitor Prevents Recurrent Blood Clots Better than Aspirin.
Patients who have suffered a blood clot in the legs (venous thromboembolism, or VTE) are generally prescribed aspirin to prevent a recurrent episode. Research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 2017 Scientific Sessions suggests that the novel factor Xa (“10a”)

Respond “FAST” to Stroke Symptoms

Did you know women are twice as likely to die from stroke than from breast cancer? Many women think of stroke as a man’s problem. They don’t know the symptoms of stroke, or that seeking emergency care is critical when these symptoms occur.

But what they don’t know can make all

New Details on the Risk and Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

During the 1980s and 1990s, older women were advised to take estrogen and other hormones to ease menopause symptoms and keep their hearts healthy. But in 2002, data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)—a large, randomized trial of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women—revealed that estrogen use failed to

Determining Which Anti-Clotting Drug is Best Suited for You

For half a century, warfarin (Coumadin) was the only oral medication option to help lower the risk of blood clots in people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) or other conditions that raise the risk of clot formation. But in recent years, new anticoagulant medications have been developed and approved for

One Type of Vascular Disease Primarily Affects Women

A vascular disease called fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is much more prevalent in women than in men, according to a Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published online Feb. 18, 2014 in the journal Circulation. In fact, among patients who have been diagnosed with FMD, 91 percent are women.

FMD can

New Stroke Risk Factors Identified, Guidelines Issued for Women

A stroke is a devastating event that changes the lives of nearly 800,000 U.S. adults every year. When a stroke doesn’t kill, it often leaves the victim seriously disabled and unable to live independently. Stroke is the primary reason for nursing home admission.

Ischemic strokes are caused by blood clots and

Get Help Fast for Heart Attack and Stroke

Many people having a stroke or heart attack don’t know it. Lack of knowledge about the warning signs means they may dismiss a stroke as a bout of dizziness, while a heart attack might be chalked up to heartburn or a pulled muscle. However, if you ignore the symptoms that

A Guide to Osteoporosis Medications

According to research published online January 1, 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new drug called romosozumab may offer hope for the treatment of osteoporosis. The drug works by freeing the body’s ability to stimulate bone production by blocking signals that naturally inhibit bone formation. According to

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