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New Atrial Fibrillation Drug Pradaxa Approved Pradaxa May Prevent More Strokes Than Warfarin Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save? We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in. Oct. 20, 2010 -The FDA has approved Pradaxa, a new drug to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. In a clinical trial, patients on Pradaxa had fewer strokes than those on warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven). "People with atrial fibrillation are at a higher risk of developing blood clots, which can cause a disabling stroke if the clots travel to the brain," Norman Stockbridge, MD, PhD, director of the FDA's division of cardiovascular and renal products, says in a news release. Many people with atrial fibrillation take warfarin, which requires frequent monitoring with blood tests. Like other anti-clotting drugs, however, Pradaxa can have adverse effects, including life-threatening bleeding. Pradaxa's generic name is dabigatran etexilate.

Dabigatran: Finally a substitute for the dreaded coumadin is close… Much energy in previous posts have centered on the ablation of heart rhythm disturbances. Navigating a GPS guided catheter through the beating heart, triangulating the source of the ectopic impulse, and then delivering a cautery-like RF lesion is fun to do, gratifying to all involved, and makes for decent writing topics. However cool ablation is though, it is not all that a doctor of the heart rhythm does. Despite what one can read on internet news sites, dysrhythmias like atrial fibrillation more often than not, require medical therapy. The dreaded blood thinner, warfarin (Coumadin) comes to the fore often. No drug with proven benefits has received more negative press than warfarin. Patients have asked, so here is a brief introduction to Dabigatran –marketed in Europe as Pradaxa. (It is important to note, and somewhat counter-intuitive that a “rhythm” controlling strategy, be it ablation or drugs, has not yet proven effective in stroke reduction in AF. What is HealthSafe ID? HealthSafe ID is UnitedHealthcare’s new sign-in that lets you access nearly all your health benefits with the ease of one username and password. What do I need in order to register? You will need your UnitedHealthcare health plan ID and group number. You can find this information on your ID card or in your enrollment materials. Will I have the same access to all my health account information when I sign in with HealthSafe ID? Yes. Which websites and apps can I sign into with HealthSafe ID? We’re introducing HealthSafe ID in phases. When will I be required to use HealthSafe ID for signing in? You will be required to use a HealthSafe ID starting in January 2018. What happens if I don’t register by the end of December 2017? You will not be able to access your online account on this website.

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