Blood Thinners Overprescribed for Low-Risk Irregular Heartbeat: Study

April 14, 2015 1:00 PM

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TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one-quarter of people with atrial fibrillation who have a low risk of stroke are given blood-thinning drugs they likely don't need, a new study contends .

Atrial fibrillation -- a common form of irregular heartbeat -- can cause blood clots. Those blood clots can then travel to the brain and cause a stroke. To prevent this from happening, many people with atrial fibrillation are prescribed blood thinners. However, because the drugs also have a risk of ...

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