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  Warfarin



Warfarin

   Warfarin is an anticoagulant that prevents blood clots from forming. It is used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation and artificial heart valves.

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Warfarin
Warfarin is an anticoagulant that prevents blood clots from forming. It is used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation and artificial heart valves.

Anticoagulant
A medication that keeps blood from clotting.

Blood
The life-maintaining fluid which is made up of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets; blood circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries; it carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.

Heart
The hollow, muscular organ responsible for pumping blood through the circulatory system.

Atrial
Pertaining to the atria, the upper chambers of the heart, as in atrial fibrillation and atrial septal defect.

Fibrillation
Rapid contractions of the heart muscles.



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Warfarin sodium
Warfarin sodium is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): warfarin sodium.



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