Atrial Fibrillation & Anticoagulants– interviews Dr. Elaine Hylek interviews Dr. Elaine Hylek of Boston University.
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In this video interview, Dr. Elaine Hylek of Boston University discusses new anticoagulant drugs for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. For many years, warfarin (Coumadin) has been the only anticoagulant option for patients. Taking warfarin requires constant monitoring, and it can be a challenge for many patients. In addition to drug-drug interactions and food-drug interactions, warfarin can be affected by illness or heart failure. Dr. Hylek discusses the clinical trials results for two of the new anticoagulants that are alternatives to warfarin.

Dr. Hylek is the Director of Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Services at the Boston Medical Center, and is an Associate Professor at of Medicine at Boston University.

3 Responses to Atrial Fibrillation & Anticoagulants– interviews Dr. Elaine Hylek

  • Sherrill Wiseman says:

    With anticoagulants being hepatotoxic and nephrotoxic (25% of those put on anticoagulants will lose 30% kidney function in first two years May Clinic)and now a link being shown between anticoagulants and Interstial Lung disease why aren’t more conversations being directed to delimited anticoagulants?

    • says:


      Thank you for sharing your afib question about anticoagulants. You may be interested in joining our patient discussion forum ( to connect with other patients who collectively have a great amount of knowledge and experience. You may want to post your story and questions there, and you may also learn a lot from others who have already shared their experience.

      You’ll need to join to see and participate in the discussion. To do so, go to, and click on the big red button that says, “Sign Up”. Once you sign up by registering your email address, your preferred username, and a password, you’ll receive an email to confirm your interest in joining the forum. Click on the confirmation link in that email, and you are ready to go. You’ll be able to log into the forum, read the discussions, and participate. I hope that you are able to find others to connect with there that can give you advice, suggestions, and answers.

    • Mellanie True Hills says:


      Perhaps you’re new to our organization and do not know about all the work we have been doing for years in this space.

      For example, we helped Dr. Rod Passman conduct two surveys of the afib patient community regarding “Pill-in-the-Pocket” Anticoagulation (the more recent survey is here: The previous one was several years earlier. This helped him get the REACT-AF Trial of pill-in-the-pocket anticoagulants funded.

      That was in followup to his talk on the subject at our 2021 Afib Patient Conference. You can sign up for free to access the recording of his talk by going to this page and clicking on the Sign Up button: Once you get signed into the Video Library, search on “Passman” to find the recording.

      This is but one example.


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