People in Kentucky who are being treated for a type of heart arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation probably receive a prescription for an anticoagulant, or blood thinner. Currently, two blood thinners dominate the market: Coumadin and Dabigatran.
Taking blood thinners increases the risk of bleeding. This circumstance is truly a danger for elderly people, who tend to fall down more often than younger folks. If elderly patients on blood-thinning medication fall, there is a good chance that they will injure themselves and begin bleeding—perhaps internally. What can be done to stop the bleeding?
Patients on Coumadin
Warfarin, which goes by the brand name Coumadin, has been used as an anticoagulant for 58 years. When patients on Coumadin experience a major bleeding event, there are several products doctors can give the patient to stanch the bleeding:
- Vitamin K;
- Fresh frozen plasma; or
- Prothrombin complex concentrates (PCCs).
Patients on Blood Thinners
Heart patients on the blood thinner Dabigatran, are not as lucky. Currently, there is no reversal agent, no antidote, to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding is addressed early enough in these patients, doctors can discontinue the product and put them on kidney dialysis to reintroduce clotting factors.
If you or a loved one has suffered an uncontrollable bleeding incident as a consequence of blood thinners use in Kentucky, call the experienced Louisville medication complication lawyers at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456. We’ll set you up with a FREE, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.