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Understanding AFib

Clots in your heart can cause strokes in your brain.

Artrial Fribrillation (AFib), not caused by a heart valve problem, is the most common kind of cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). In fact, 1 in 4 individuals aged 40 or older will develop AFib in their lifetimes. And 35% of AFib patients are expected to suffer a stroke in their lifetime as well.

AFib & Stroke Risk

Having AFib puts you at 5 times greater risk of stroke.

What’s more, AFib related strokes are twice as likely to be deadly or severely disabling. Within minutes of a stroke, brain cells begin to die, which can lead to permanent damage, including:

The good news is 3 out of 4 AFib related strokes can be prevented. Because now there are treatment options to reduce stroke risk. That’s why, when you have AFib, not caused by a heart valve problem, it’s important to talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your stroke risk.


PRADAXA (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) is a prescription blood-thinning medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem. With AFib, the heart doesn’t beat the way it should. This can cause blood clots to form, increasing the risk of stroke. PRADAXA lowers the chance of blood clots forming in your body and putting you at risk of a stroke.

Important safety information about Pradaxa

PRADAXA can cause bleeding which can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Don’t take PRADAXA if you currently have abnormal bleeding or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

To find the right dose for you, your doctor should test your kidney function before you start PRADAXA and in some cases yearly thereafter.

Your risk of bleeding with PRADAXA may be higher if you:

Call your doctor or seek immediate medical care if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of bleeding:

It is important to tell your doctor about all medicines, vitamins and supplements you take. Some of your other medicines may affect the way PRADAXA works.

Take PRADAXA exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Don’t stop taking PRADAXA without talking to your doctor as your risk of stroke may increase.

Tell your doctor if you are planning to have any surgery, or medical or dental procedure, because you may have to stop taking PRADAXA for a short time.

PRADAXA can cause indigestion, stomach upset or burning, and stomach pain.

Click here for full Prescribing Information including Patient Medication Guide

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

The health information contained in this Website is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.


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