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There are certain factors that increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes in persons with atrial fibrillation
. These are : increasing age, high blood pressure
, previous history of either a heart attack or stroke, poor function of the heart, rheumatic heart disease
If there are any risk factor present then warfarin
is indicated. In your husbands case, his age and the history of hypertension
would be counted as risk factors and are the reasons that his doctor recommended warfarin (coumadin).
Medical studies have shown that is reduces the risk of complications mentioned before.
There are also other family of pain medications that can be used for his pain.
Your husband would have to consider the potential benefits vrs the cons of taking it.
I hope this helps