Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Anti-Clotting Drug May Cut Brain Bleeding Risk: Study

In continuation of my update on rivaroxaban (Xarelto)

In a new study, researchers led by Dr. Graeme Hankey, a neurologist at the Royal Perth Hospital and University of Western Australia, followed more than 14,000 people who took anti-clotting drugs for a median of two years. Of those patients, 136 had bleeding in the brain.

People who took a new anticoagulant called rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and suffered from the most common type of atrial fibrillation and didn't have heart valve damage were about one-third less likely to experience bleeding in the brain than those who took warfarin, the investigators found...

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