New medicine to be used to prevent strokes

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 5:45pm

There may be a new way to help prevent strokes in people with a common heart rhythm disorder.

Duke University researchers say an anti-clotting drug called Rivaroxaban is as effective as the drug Warfarin at preventing strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, and patients did not experience as many bleeding complications.

The double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial included more than 14,000 patients.

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