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There is an alternative to blood thinners such as warfarin (commonly known by the brand name Coumadin): an implanted device that prevents blood clots from forming in the hearts of AFib patients.
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common heart rhythm disorder and affects more than 3 million adults in the U.S. It is caused by rapid and disorganized electrical impulses in the atria, or the two upper chambers of the heart.
Just three days after being fitted with a LifeVest defibrillator, Glynn Crawford experienced a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm. The wearable device detected this and shocked him back to life.