Avoid the New Anticoagulants in Patients With Mechanical Valves

You'll see more use of the newer anticoagulants for A fib...now that guidelines put warfarin and the newer agents on similar footing.

Keep the pros and cons of the different anticoagulants in mind.

Dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto), and apixaban (Eliquis) prevent strokes at least as well as warfarin...have a faster onset and fewer interactions...and cause less intracranial bleeding.

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