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Anticoagulation Therapy – What You Need to Know

When you have Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, your risk of stroke increases. Anticoagulation therapies can help reduce this risk. These oral medications, however, have side effects such as unwanted bleeding. Learn more about how to control these risks by taking control of your health and talking with your healthcare provider.

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Watch this short video to learn more about anticoagulants, a common medication for those diagnosed with AFib.


Photo of Dr. Manas UpadhyayaOriginal Date: October 25, 2016
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Presented by: Dr. Manas Upadhyaya

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Patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) may be prescribed anticoagulant medication (blood-thinners) to reduce the risk of stroke. Although this risk reduction is significant, there is concern over bleeding risks associated with these therapies. This archived webinar will include a question and answer section and will cover the following:

  • Overview of anticoagulation therapy and its risk/benefit
  • Discussion of anticoagulation risk management options
  • Tips for talking to your healthcare provider about anticoagulation to reduce the risk for stroke

Patient Resources

This infographic compares the different types of anticoagulants and provides tips for taking charge of your health. Download now to learn more about how anticoagulants can help you control your risk for stroke.
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This Shared Decision Making Tool is designed to help patients on anticoagulants and their caregivers take control of their risks. Download this tool and review before your next doctor visit to make sure you are asking the right questions.
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This Fact Sheet overviews how oral anticoagulant medication works as well as the benefits and risks to these types of medications. Learn more about how these medications work to take charge of your health.
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