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ABOUT AFIB & RISK OF STROKE

AFib affects over 2 million people in the U.S. alone

What is AFib?

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. It occurs when one or both of the upper chambers of the heart – called the atria – don’t beat the way they should. This can cause blood to pool in the left atrium, where a blood clot can form. If that clot breaks away, it can travel to the brain, where it can cause a type of stroke called an ischemic (is-KEE-mic) stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot lodges in an artery supplying blood to the brain, reducing blood flow and depriving part of the brain of oxygen and nutrients.

AFib affects more than 2 million people in the United States. The odds of developing AFib go up with age. In fact, it is estimated that AFib is the most common type of irregular heartbeat in people over the age of 65.

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Do you know the symptoms of AFib?

It is possible to have AFib without having any symptoms and to be unaware of your condition until a doctor discovers it during a physical exam.

When there are symptoms, they can include:

  • palpitations
  • weakness
  • fatigue
  • reduced ability to exercise
  • lightheadedness
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain

Do you know the signs of a stroke?

If you or your loved one has AFib, you’ll need to know the signs of stroke. By using the simple acronym F.A.S.T., you’ll be able to quickly recognize if your loved one may be suffering a stroke. That’s important because it could be a situation where seconds count.

Take a few minutes to commit this acronym to memory:

  • FACE: Ask your loved one to smile. Does one side of his or her face droop?
  • ARMS: Ask your loved one to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • SPEECH: Ask your loved one to repeat a simple phrase. Does his or her speech sound slurred or strange?
  • TIME: Time is crucial. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or your loved one has any of these symptoms

Working closely with your doctor is important to develop a treatment plan that can help reduce your risk of stroke. Our Doctor Discussion Guide can help you ask the right questions to assist your doctor in deciding if PRADAXA is right for you.

Some common myths about AFib

With the tremendous amount of material about AFib available, you may occasionally come across conflicting information. We’re here to help dispel some common AFib myths. These include:

Myth 1:
 Everyone who has AFib will have symptoms.
Not true. Some people with AFib will have no symptoms at all, and yet may still suffer a sudden stroke.
Myth 2:
 If you take medication for AFib and no longer have symptoms, you’re cured.
The fact is you may still have AFib whether or not you feel symptoms, and it is very often a lifelong condition.
Myth 3:
 Warfarin, also known as Coumadin® or Jantoven®, is the only medication approved by the FDA to reduce risk of stroke due to AFib.
Not true. Among the new drugs approved for this condition, PRADAXA was the first alternative to warfarin approved by the FDA to reduce the risk of stroke due to AFib not caused by a heart valve problem. See how the two compare. Since FDA approval in October 2010, nearly 10 million prescriptions have been filled in the U.S.

Learn more about the risk factors for developing AFib.

AFib can put you at 5x greater risk of a stroke

The number of AFib-related strokes can be staggering

Did you know that every year in this country, about 156,000 people have AFib-related strokes? Here are some other facts too important to ignore:

  • AFib causes up to 1 in every 5 strokes
  • Some people with AFib may have no symptoms
the brain and cv system in afib

With AFib, a clot that forms in your heart can travel to your brain, where it can block blood flow and cause a stroke.

PRADAXA reduces the risk of ischemic stroke due to AFib
not caused by a heart valve problem

An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot lodges in an artery supplying blood to the brain, reducing blood flow and depriving part of the brain of oxygen and nutrients. The most important way to reduce your risk of ischemic stroke due to AFib is by reducing the chance of blood clots forming. PRADAXA reduces the risk of a blood clot forming in patients with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem.

Start the conversation with your doctor

  • In a clinical trial, PRADAXA was proven superior to warfarin at reducing risk of ischemic stroke in patients with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem
  • Unlike warfarin, PRADAXA doesn’t require regular blood tests to see if your blood-thinning level is in the right range,
    and has no dietary restrictions

Talk to your doctor about helping to reduce risk of stroke with PRADAXA today.

Our Doctor Discussion Guide can help you get the conversation started.

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Do you know how PRADAXA
compares to warfarin?

Discover the differences

Do you know how PRADAXA
compares to warfarin?

Discover the differences

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION AND USE OF PRADAXA

For people taking PRADAXA for atrial fibrillation: Do not stop taking PRADAXA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. Stopping PRADAXA increases your risk of having a stroke. PRADAXA may need to be stopped prior to surgery or a medical or dental procedure. Your doctor will tell you when you should stop taking PRADAXA and when you may start taking it again. If you have to stop taking PRADAXA, your doctor may prescribe another medicine to help prevent a blood clot from forming.

PRADAXA can cause bleeding which can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Don’t take PRADAXA if you:

  • currently have abnormal bleeding;
  • have ever had an allergic reaction to it;
  • have had or plan to have a valve in your heart replaced

Your risk of bleeding with PRADAXA may be higher if you:

  • are 75 years old or older
  • have kidney problems
  • have stomach or intestine bleeding that is recent or keeps coming back or you have a stomach ulcer
  • take other medicines that increase your risk of bleeding, like aspirin products, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and blood thinners
  • have kidney problems and take dronedarone (Multaq®) or ketoconazole tablets (Nizoral®)

Call your doctor or seek immediate medical care if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of bleeding:

  • any unexpected, severe, or uncontrollable bleeding; or bleeding that lasts a long time
  • unusual or unexpected bruising
  • coughing up or vomiting blood; or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • pink or brown urine; red or black stools (looks like tar)
  • unexpected pain, swelling, or joint pain
  • headaches and feeling dizzy or weak

Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma). People who take PRADAXA and have medicine injected into their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal puncture have a risk of forming a blood clot that can cause long-term or permanent loss of the ability to move (paralysis). Your risk of developing a spinal or epidural blood clot is higher if:

  • a thin tube called an epidural catheter is placed in your back to give you certain medicine
  • you take NSAIDs or a medicine to prevent blood from clotting
  • you have a history of difficult or repeated epidural or spinal punctures
  • you have a history of problems with your spine or have had surgery on your spine.

If you take PRADAXA and receive spinal anesthesia or have a spinal puncture, your doctor should watch you closely for symptoms of spinal or epidural blood clots. Tell your doctor right away if you have back pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness (especially in your legs and feet), loss of control of the bowels or bladder (incontinence).

Take PRADAXA exactly as prescribed. It is important to tell your doctors about all medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take. Some medicines may affect the way PRADAXA works.

PRADAXA can cause indigestion, stomach upset or burning, and stomach pain.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-10881-800-FDA-1088.

What is PRADAXA?

PRADAXA is a prescription blood thinner medicine that lowers the chance of blood clots forming in your body. PRADAXA is used to:

  • reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have a medical condition called atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. With atrial fibrillation, part of the heart does not beat the way it should. This can lead to blood clots forming and increase your risk of a stroke.
  • treat blood clots in the veins of your legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism) and reduce the risk of them occurring again.

PRADAXA is not for use in people with artificial (prosthetic) heart valves.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.

The health information contained in this Website is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.

Pradaxa® and PRADAXA with associated design ® are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH and Co. KG and used under license.

PradaxaLink™ and PradaxaLink™ with associated design are trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The other brands listed above are trademarks of their respective owners, and are not trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The owners of these brands are not affiliated with and do not endorse Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or its products.

This site is intended for U.S. residents only. Products discussed herein may have different names and labeling in different countries.

Use of this site is subject to the Internet Site Legal Notices and Disclaimers and Privacy Notice

Copyright © 2014 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved. [12/14]

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Important safety information and use of PRADAXA

For people taking PRADAXA for atrial fibrillation: Do not stop taking PRADAXA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. Stopping PRADAXA increases your risk of having a stroke. PRADAXA may need to be stopped prior to surgery or a medical or dental procedure. Your doctor will tell you when you should stop taking PRADAXA and when you may start taking it again. If you have to stop taking PRADAXA, your doctor may prescribe another medicine to help prevent a blood clot from forming.

PRADAXA can cause bleeding which can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Don’t take PRADAXA if you:

  • currently have abnormal bleeding;
  • have ever had an allergic reaction to it;
  • have had or plan to have a valve in your heart replaced

Your risk of bleeding with PRADAXA may be higher if you:

  • are 75 years old or older
  • have kidney problems
  • have stomach or intestine bleeding that is recent or keeps coming back or you have a stomach ulcer
  • take other medicines that increase your risk of bleeding, like aspirin products, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and blood thinners
  • have kidney problems and take dronedarone (Multaq®) or ketoconazole tablets (Nizoral®)

Call your doctor or seek immediate medical care if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of bleeding:

  • any unexpected, severe, or uncontrollable bleeding; or bleeding that lasts a long time
  • unusual or unexpected bruising
  • coughing up or vomiting blood; or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • pink or brown urine; red or black stools (looks like tar)
  • unexpected pain, swelling, or joint pain
  • headaches and feeling dizzy or weak

Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma). People who take PRADAXA and have medicine injected into their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal puncture have a risk of forming a blood clot that can cause long-term or permanent loss of the ability to move (paralysis). Your risk of developing a spinal or epidural blood clot is higher if:

  • a thin tube called an epidural catheter is placed in your back to give you certain medicine
  • you take NSAIDs or a medicine to prevent blood from clotting
  • you have a history of difficult or repeated epidural or spinal punctures
  • you have a history of problems with your spine or have had surgery on your spine.

If you take PRADAXA and receive spinal anesthesia or have a spinal puncture, your doctor should watch you closely for symptoms of spinal or epidural blood clots. Tell your doctor right away if you have back pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness (especially in your legs and feet), loss of control of the bowels or bladder (incontinence).

Take PRADAXA exactly as prescribed. It is important to tell your doctors about all medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take. Some medicines may affect the way PRADAXA works.

PRADAXA can cause indigestion, stomach upset or burning, and stomach pain.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-10881-800-FDA-1088

What is PRADAXA?

PRADAXA is a prescription blood thinner medicine that lowers the chance of blood clots forming in your body. PRADAXA is used to:

  • reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have a medical condition called atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. With atrial fibrillation, part of the heart does not beat the way it should. This can lead to blood clots forming and increase your risk of a stroke.
  • treat blood clots in the veins of your legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism) and reduce the risk of them occurring again.

PRADAXA is not for use in people with artificial (prosthetic) heart valves.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.

The health information contained in this Website is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.

Pradaxa® and PRADAXA with associated design ® are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH and Co. KG and used under license.

PradaxaLink™ and PradaxaLink™ with associated design are trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The other brands listed above are trademarks of their respective owners, and are not trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The owners of these brands are not affiliated with and do not endorse Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or its products.

This site is intended for U.S. residents only. Products discussed herein may have different names and labeling in different countries.

Use of this site is subject to the Internet Site Legal Notices and Disclaimers and Privacy Notice

Copyright © 2014 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved. [12/14]

PXD639317CONS