The clinical efficacy of dabigatran etexilate for preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation patients
Christopher R Ellis, Daniel W Kaiser
Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, Nashville, TN, USA
Abstract: The use of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke and systemic embolism prevention in the setting of specifically non valvular atrial fibrillation has provided clinicians with a realistic treatment alternative to the traditional dose-adjusted, warfarin-based anticoagulation that is targeted to a therapeutic international normalized ratio range of 2.0–3.0. We discuss the use of dabigatran in the setting of mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or left atrial catheter ablation procedures, reversal of the drug in the setting of adverse bleeding events, and background on the molecular biology and development of this novel treatment for stroke reduction.
Keywords: NOACs, systemic embolism, atrial fibrillation, stroke, dabigatran etexilate
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