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Why is Coumadin used to treat chronic atrial fibrillation?

In atrial fibrillation, the blood from the atria is not fully ejected into the other heart chambers. Blood remaining in the atria could form clots, which could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke (when the clot wedges itself into an artery of the heart or brain). As a blood thinner, Coumadin helps prevents these clots.

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