04 Jun '11, 10am

New drug set to better prevent stroke

New drug set to better prevent stroke

SINGAPORE: A new drug is promising to prevent stroke -- induced by a heart condition called atrial fibrillation -- more effectively than current treatment. But the drug, called Pradaxa, could cost more than its predecessors. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition involving the irregular beating of the human heart. According to a clinical practice guideline report released in 2004 by the health ministry, some 50,000 patients in Singapore suffer from AF every year. As a result, blood clots are likely to happen, and this increases the risk of stroke five-fold. The current answer to AF is a blood thinner called warfarin - but researchers have reservations on the drug, even though it's been around for 60 years. The prevalence of AF increases with age - and given that Singapore's elderly population is set to increase significantly, doctors are searching for a more effective sol...

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