For most people with atrial fibrillation, blood thinners lower the risk of stroke. However, blood thinners (also called anticoagulants) can cause bleeding.
Some people with a very high risk might consider a procedure called left atrial appendage closure that places a device in the heart to prevent strokes.
- SDM Aid Sponsor: American College of Cardiology
- Project Lead: N/A
- Project Members: N/A
- First Published: 2021
- Last Validated: August 26, 2021
- Target Audience: Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
- Wellness Areas: Atrial Fibrillation