But did you know that some blood thinner medications have treatments that doctors can use to temporarily reverse the blood-thinning effects in an emergency?
In the event that something unexpected happens – like a bad fall, a serious illness or accident – which might require urgent care or surgery, having the peace of mind to know the effects of your blood thinner can be reversed is something to consider and discuss with your healthcare professional.
Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat that can lead to severe and debilitating strokes. According to Canadian clinical guidelines, blood thinners (also known as OACs) are recommended for AFib patients to reduce their risk of stroke.
Life is unpredictable, and you never know when you may need to reverse the effects of your blood thinner. Receiving stroke prevention treatment with an anticoagulant (blood thinner) drug may be well worth a discussion with your doctor.
Questions to ask your healthcare
- Is the blood thinner I’m on the most appropriate for me to protect me from stroke?
- What kind of situations would require the use of a treatment that would reverse the effects of my blood thinner?
- Are there treatments available to temporarily reverse the effects of my blood thinner?