But if the unexpected happens and something goes wrong, be prepared by arming yourself with important information and knowing what emergency measures can be taken.
This is especially true among the estimated 350,000 Canadians with atrial fibrillation. The most common type of irregular heartbeat that can lead to severe and debilitating strokes, atrial fibrillation increases a person's risk of stroke by three to five times. That's why it's vital that people living with the condition and those that care for them know the risks and take steps for protection.
Fortunately, there are anticoagulants (blood thinners) available to reduce a person's risk of stroke, and one of the newer treatment options is now the first and only novel oral anticoagulant to have a specific antidote available for immediate reversal for use in emergency situations. The antidote stops the blood-thinning effects of this particular anticoagulant if there is a need for emergency surgery or an urgent procedure or uncontrolled/life-threatening bleeding, which can offer you peace of mind knowing that there's a treatment for your loved one should an emergency ever occur.
As we all know, life is unpredictable and you never know when an emergency might occur. There may be situations where rapid reversal of anticoagulation is medically necessary, so if you have a loved one with atrial fibrillation, speak to their doctor for more information.