Advertisement

How does Pradaxa work to prevent strokes and blood clots?

Pradaxa works to prevent blood clots and strokes by inhibiting a substance in the blood called thrombin. Thrombin allows the blood to coagulate (that is, to form blood clots). By inhibiting thrombin, Pradaxa reduces the tendency of blood to form clots.

Pradaxa is prescribed for people with atrial fibrillation, a condition in which a part of the heart does not beat normally, which can lead to blood clots. When a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain, the result is a stroke. By helping to prevent blood clots, Pradaxa can help prevent strokes in people with atrial fibrillation.

Continue Learning about Anticoagulant

What are the guidelines for anticoagulant therapy?
RealAgeRealAge
The following is a list of guidelines for anticoagulant therapy: Take the medication exactly as di...
More Answers
What are some examples of commonly prescribed anticoagulant medicines?
SCAISCAI
Some common anticoagulant medications include:•Warfarin (Coumadin) •Heparin•Lovenox•Bivalrudin
More Answers
Why would I need anticoagulant injections?
Intermountain HealthcareIntermountain Healthcare
You may be prescribed anticoagulant injections:       • if you are at risk for blood clots because...
More Answers
Who should take an anticoagulant?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Warfarin, an anticoagulant, is recommended for people with heart failure, history of a stroke or a T...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.