There are many options available to help reduce your risk of stroke due to Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), including some you may not be aware of. Talk to your doctor about which stroke prevention treatment is most appropriate for your individual circumstances.
Stroke prevention medications
While Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) may not go away on its own, there are many ways to help manage and control your symptoms and decrease your risk of having a stroke. There are medications called anticoagulants or blood thinners available today that have been proven to help reduce the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots from forming. These blood thinners prevent blood from ‘coagulating’ or clotting by blocking the activity of clotting factors in the blood. They are usually an important part of the long-term medical treatment for people who have been diagnosed with AFib in whom anticoagulation medications are appropriate.
Blood thinner reversals
Blood thinners work to prevent stroke in Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). But did you know that you might need to temporarily reverse the effects of your blood thinner in an emergency situation? Certain anticoagulant medications (blood thinners) have treatments that doctors can use to temporarily reverse the effects of the blood thinner in case of emergency.
Talking to your doctor
Above all, your doctor is your best medical resource for continuing to stay healthy and further reducing your risk of stroke after developing Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). Check out more below on how to work positively and effectively with your doctor.