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  1. Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, APRN-BC


* Dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa) has been approved to lower the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.


* In clinical trials, patients taking dabigatran had fewer ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes than patients taking warfarin.


* As with other anticoagulants, dabigatran may cause serious, even fatal, bleeding.