Blood Thinners: Balancing the Benefits and Risks

These lifesaving drugs require careful management.

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 cardiology services at Mount Sinai’s […]

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