What Is New in Medications for Atrial Fibrillation?

Preventing the formation of blood clots is one of the most significant things in the treatment for atrial fibrillation. AFib patients are often treated with anticoagulants. The most common one is warfarin (Coumadin), which has been brought into use for more that 100 years. It is very effective in stroke-prevention, but the side effects are also obvious.

Some patients can’t take it, so they have to turn to new medications, such as apixaban (Eliquis), dabigatran etexilate mesylate (Pradaxa) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto). Patients with AFib are usually prescribed drugs, like verapamil (Calan and other brand names) and amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone), to bring the rate and the rhythm of the heart to the normal range (a 60-year-old person, Average Maximum Heart Rate, 100%: 160 beats per minute; Target HR Zone 50-85% :80-128 beats per minute).

 

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