Why you may need anticoagulants?

medsonecgYou may need to take warfarin, or other anticoagulants, if you have been diagnosed with or treated for one or more of the following:

1. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
2. Valvular Heart Disease
3. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
4. Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
5. Prevention of blood clots such as genetic disorders
6. Stroke
7. Heart Failure
8. Heart Attack

Sometimes it is only necessary to take anticoagulants for a few months. In other circumstances you will take them for life. Your health care professional will tell you how long to take them for. Do not stop taking them unless you are told to do so.

Anticoagulant drugs affect the blood’s ability to clot and therefore there is an increased risk of bleeding for people who are taking them. Because of this risk, it is vitally important to take the medication exactly as directed. Never take larger or more frequent doses.