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Older Women Diagnosed with Irregular Heartbeat

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It’s possible that older women who have been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat are at higher risk of stroke than men, according to research. A recent study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre shows that Warfarin, the most common anticoagulant therapy used to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, may not be as effective in women, 75 years or older, as in men.

“Our results suggest that elderly women with atrial fibrillation may need to be targeted for more effective stroke prevention therapy,” said Dr. Louise Pilote, corresponding author of the study. “Knowing the stroke risk is higher in women is something that both physicians and patients should be focusing on.”

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Generally, the risk of developing atrial fibrillation increases with age and with other factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and underlying heart disease. People with atrial fibrillation have a risk of stroke that is five times greater than those in the general population.

Seniors living in Mississauga ON, with a heart condition, will benefit from a second set of eyes and ears – a Home Instead Senior CAREGiver. Our CAREGivers provides medication reminders as well as light housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation.

Home Care Mississauga helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Please call 905- 276-2273.


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