A CLOT-busting wonder pill has been shown to be better than traditional treatment at preventing strokes and has less potentially fatal side-effects.
Commonly used anti-clotting agent warfarin is notoriously difficult to control and leaves patients at risk of bleeding on the brain.
Now scientists have shown that for patients at risk because of an irregular heart beat, rivaroxaban is better at preventing clot-related strokes. At the same time, it minimises the risk of causing a bleeding stroke.
The rate of stroke is 2.2 per 100 people on warfarin but only 1.7 per 100 people for those on rivaroxaban.
The research was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference.