Not All Patients with Irregular Heart Rhythm Require Blood Thinners
Atrial fibrillation (also known as AF and irregular heartbeat) affects a vast number of Americans according to the American Heart Association. People who suffer from this condition are usually placed on anticoagulation medication to avoid the risks of stroke, bloodclots, and other serious heart conditions.
However, by thoroughly studying the effects of these drugs on patients, experts have concluded that not all cases benefit from anticoagulation medication, as the risk of uncontrollable internal bleeding can be greater than its benefit of stroke prevention.
Additionally, there are numerous health-related factors that should be properly analyzed by a medical practitioner to help determine whether or not it is even necessary for a patient to be placed on a anticoagulation treatment – a failure to do so can endanger the patient.
If you or your loved one suffered through internal bleeding as a direct result of using blood thinners like Xarelto, then you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Call the law offices of Hotze Runkle today at (877) 919-0830 to discuss your situation.
Elements that determine the need for blood thinners.
The duration of atrial fibrillation varies per patient. While some individuals will deal with the condition of an irregular heartbeat 100% of the time, others may experience the ailment for only a short duration, and in which case, is unlikely to be life-threatening.
Studies have confirmed that patients that experience episodes of AF at intervals of 15 to 20 seconds are not at risk of hospitalization or death. It is important to note however, that though a patient who suffers through a short duration of atrial fibrillation is at low risk of fatal symptoms, heart failure experts have still raised concerns that these individuals should be monitored effectively and medical decisions should be based on the frequency of the condition happening. For this reason, physicians closely monitor all patients who suffer from AF to avoid prescribing anticoagulation medication unnecessarily and to avoid placing the patient in a position that can lead to excessive bleeding.
Although studying the length of an episode of atrial fibrillation is the most common practice utilized to determine whether blood thinners are necessary for a patient, it is not the only indicator.
Medical practitioners also examine other factors that aid in recognizing whether or not the prescription of a blood thinner would be beneficial for a given patient. These determinants include a person’s age, gender, and whether they have a medical history of heart failure, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Reducing the risk of atrial fibrillation.
There are certain measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation. The most meaningful act is to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle. Individuals who suffer from AF benefit from adequate physical exercise, which can aide in improving proper blood flow of the small blood vessels around the heart. This is one of the best preventative measures as it decreases the chances of clogged arteries, which can lead to a heart attack.
Having a heart healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight are also crucial in reducing the risks of atrial fibrillation. Avoiding substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine can also improve one’s lifestyle and decrease atrial fibrillation complications.
It is exceedingly important that healthcare professionals recognize that not all patients with irregular heart rhythm need blood thinners – especially as the risk of excessive bleeding are astoundingly high.
If you, or anyone you know, has suffered critical health complications after the extended use of a blood thinner, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Hotze Runkle at (877) 919-0830! Our experience pharmaceutical litigation team will examine your case and determine whether you are eligible for compensation.