New stroke pill more effective than traditional remedyNovember 16th, 2010 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 16 (IANS) A daily pill to prevent strokes could replace the traditional treatment based on rat poison for patients with an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), researchers said.
A trial of more than 14,000 patients found the drug reduced the number of strokes suffered by arrhythmia patients by a fifth.
It showed that rivaroxaban cut the risk of stroke by an extra 21 percent compared with warfarin, a medication used since the 1950s.
The drug is one of a new generation of blood thinners which work better than warfarin and have fewer drawbacks, reports the Daily Mail.
Rivaroxaban, which has the brand name Xarelto, also lowered the risk of some adverse effects from anti-clotting medicines.
Patients taking it were a third less likely to have intercranial bleeding - bleeding in the skull - and had 41 percent less risk of haemorrhagic stroke.
The study was carried out in 45 countries by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Duke University in North Carolina, US
Keith Fox, professor of cardiology at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Our study showed that rivaroxaban is simpler to administer and patients taking it have fewer strokes and blood clots.”
Warfarin, which is still used in large doses to kill vermin, is often inconvenient for patients, as they require careful monitoring, regular blood tests and frequent clinic visits.
- Two new drugs can slash stroke risk - Jan 11, 2011
- Aspirin safer than warfarin in preventing stroke: Study - May 03, 2012
- Are erratic heartbeats tied to unexplained strokes? - Feb 03, 2012
- Warfarin users more vulnerable to brain bleeding after stroke treatment - Mar 09, 2010
- New drug safer than rat poison for reducing stroke risk - Sep 30, 2009
- New drugs show promise in treating dangerous blood clots - Jan 12, 2011
- Top 10 major advances in heart disease in 2010 - Dec 22, 2010
- Now, a technique to regularise abnormal heartbeats - Sep 09, 2012
- Low iron levels tied to blood clot risk - Dec 15, 2011
- Clot busting drug could improve stroke treatment - May 29, 2011
- Herbal remedies 'adversely affect heart patients taking meds' - Feb 02, 2010
- Blood thinner ups stroke risk in some kidney disease patients on dialysis - Aug 28, 2009
- New device removes clots from brain - Aug 27, 2012
- Stent like device effective for removing blood clots - Feb 06, 2012
- Common drug can reduce death due to bleeding - Mar 28, 2011
Tags: 1950s, adverse effects, blood clots, blood tests, blood thinners, brand name, cardiology, daily mail, duke university, irregular heartbeat, keith fox, medicines, new generation, rat poison, rivaroxaban, skull, strokes, traditional remedy, university of edinburgh, warfarin