Preliminary research the "pill-in-the-pocket" use of anticoagulant for people with AF. I guess we can forgive journalists for calling anticoagulants "blood thinners" - but it is amazing this research made it to mainstream media. There was no control group, and the study involved only 100 patients over just 18 months. Participants were also a fairly select group of AF patients (age 45-78 with "significant stroke risk" who monitor their pulse very diligently). It is encouraging that not a single participant in their study had a stroke using this treatment approach, but it's also hard to draw strong conclusions given the very preliminary nature of the research - let's hope to see more substantial studies in future. I do find it interesting that this treatment option is being investigated, though, as it's precisely the approach my own electrophysiologist recommended for me several years ago -
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