Xarelto is a popular new anticoagulant drug that is manufactured by Bayer HealthCare AG and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary). Unfortunately, despite its popularity, Xarelto has recently been linked to a number of severe, potentially life-threatening side effects, one of which is stroke. This article discusses risk factors that can increase your risk of having a stroke.
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What’s the Problem with Xarelto?
Xarelto is prescribed to prevent strokes and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation (afib), as well as in those who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. However, it has recently been found that Xarelto may actually increase certain people’s risk of having a stroke, the precise condition the drug is used to prevent. Therefore, discontinuing treatment with Xarelto in favor of another medication with fewer potential side effects may help to reduce your risk of having a stroke. However, never stop taking a prescription drug without consulting your physician first.
Am I at Risk for a Stroke?
Anyone can have a stroke regardless of their age, race or gender. However, the chances of having a stroke can increase greatly if a person has certain risk factors, or criteria that can result in a stroke. The good news is that most strokes are preventable, and the best way to protect yourself is to understand your personal risk and how to control it.
There are two types of stroke risk factors: controllable and uncontrollable. Controllable risks typically fall into two categories: lifestyle risk factors and medical risk factors. Many lifestyle risks can be changed, and medical factors can usually be treated. Both types can be controlled by working with a doctor, who can prescribe medicines and advise on healthy lifestyle changes. Uncontrollable stroke risk factors include being 55 or older, African American, Latino or Asian/Pacific Islander, or having a family history of stroke.
Healthy Lifestyle Guidelines
Take the following steps now to decrease your risk of having a stroke:
- Control your blood pressure
- Manage diabetes
- Quit smoking
- Lower your cholesterol levels
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Limit alcohol use
- Seek treatment for heart disease, including afib
Do I Have a Xarelto Stroke Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently investigating potential settlements in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and we can help.