I am a 75-year-old woman who, 10 years ago, was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm) and put on digoxin. At that time, I was going to exercise classes and leading a reasonably active life.
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Since December 2003 I have been taking digoxin (187.5 mcg) every day for atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm. I have experienced several side-effects, including tiredness and lethargy, especially after food in the evening, a lack of...
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About a year ago, I was diagnosed with a heart condition called atrial fibrillation and prescribed 40 mg of verapamil three times a day. The heart specialist tried cardioversion (a short procedure
Warfarin (Coumadin) is an anticoagulant, or blood-thinning agent, which works by inhibiting vitamin K-coagulation factors. Verapamil is a calcium-channel blocker and digoxin,
Using anticoagulants such as warfarin requires walking a tightrope between decreasing the blood’s ability to clot to prevent strokes without bringing on a haemorrhage somewhere in the body.
Q I have antiphospholipid syndrome and have been advised to take 75 mg of aspirin daily to thin my blood. Is there an alternative blood-thinner? I already take borage oil for rheumatoid arthritis and have read that this has blood-thinning properties...