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Are the new blood thinners better than warfarin (Coumadin)?

On call Q. I have atrial fibrillation and currently take warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent a stroke. I havenít had any problems with it, but I wonder if I should switch to one of the newer blood thinners. Are there any advantages? A. For about 50 years, warfarin was the only choice for people who needed to take an oral anticoagulant (blood thinner). While warfarin is inexpensive, it has its downsides. People who…

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