Older adults who require anticoagulant medications may want to have a discussion with their doctors about the most appropriate medications they should use. A new study in the British Medical Journal suggests individuals who are over the age of 75 should be cautious when selecting anticoagulant medications.
Anticoagulants are often prescribed for people who have had or are at risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke. Anticoagulants help to thin blood and in turn reduce the risk of blood clots. Sometimes, however, excessive bleeding can result from decreasing the blood's ability to clot. This can be particularly dangerous when there is bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.
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