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New clot drug for heart patients

24th May 2012

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended the use of a new type of blood thinning drug for heart patients to cut their risk of stroke.

It says patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), an erratic and sometimes fast heartbeat, can now have rivaroxiban instead of the existing drug warfarin and follows NICE’s recent approval of another drug - dabigatran - for AF. The move has been welcomed by heart experts who say warfarin can be problematic.

 

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