• All anticoagulant medications act on the body differently and a doctor should always be consulted before changing from one anticoagulant to another, including switching to a generic version, avoid any health problems. • Always consult your doctor or dentist before any procedures that may cause bleeding and obtain instructions for when and how to stop. • If warfarin is being taken, discuss any new medications with your doctor. Many drugs and vitamins can change the efficacy of the medication. (American Heart Association [AHA], 2018, p. 1)
z Treatment Regime: How it Impacts Clients Lifestyle Diet, Physical Activity, Sleep Patterns, Memory • Clinical diagnosis and documentation through an EKG is required • Patients should be aware of A. Fib symptoms and when to seek medical assistance (examples: fast heart beat, irregular heart beat, palpations, dizziness, confusion and signs of stroke) • Patients may need to check their heart rate regularly after being instructed on how to do so • To make sure patient clotting levels are safe, the doctor may require regular blood draws and may adjust the medications based on the results. • Food restrictions may include: decreasing fried foods, decreasing red meat, low sodium diets,
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