Are there some tips on taking warfarin for atrial fibrillation?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine

Warfarin (Coumadin) is a common blood thinner that's prescribed for people with atrial fibrillation. Because of the increased chance of blood clots and stroke with atrial fibrillation, keeping your blood thin is an important preventive measure. If you take warfarin or another anti-coagulant, be aware of activities and situations to avoid that can cause bleeding, including:

-Avoid recreational activities such as football, soccer, or other sports that may result in a cut, injury, or open wound.
-Use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth to avoid cutting or injuring your gums.
-Use an electric razor to avoid cutting your skin when shaving.
-Prevent falling at home by removing objects out of the halls and pathways and having good lighting.
-Don't climb on stools or ladders.
-Don't walk on wet surfaces or icy ground.

Also, check for signs of bleeding, including your gums bleeding, blood in the urine, bloody or black stools, vomiting blood, or heavy bleeding during a woman's period or between periods.

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