Dr. Noel G. Boyle Discusses Benefits of Dabigatran Versus Warfarin for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Dr. Noel G. Boyle, Professor of Medicine, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, talks about new medications that can work as alternatives to warfarin for atrial fibrillation patients who are at risk for stroke.

In addition, Dr. Boyle discusses the benefits of dabigatran (Brand name: Pradaxa) versus warfarin for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. According to Dr. Boyle, advantages of dabigatran include no patient monitoring, fixed dosing, and less drug interactions. Disadvantages of dabigatran include twice daily dosing and no easy method for monitoring, according to Dr. Boyle.