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