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Are beta blockers advisable/essential in A.F.? According to a recent article in the times warfarin and statins were more important in prevent strokes and heart attack. The last time I took them my hair fell out.

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Hi Judith,
Re: Are beta blockers advisable/essential in AF? is is a good initial drug to use, and has nothing to do with warfarin/statin usage. A BB reduces the heart rate, while warfarin thins the blood and statins lower cholesterol:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-treatment/heart-disease-medications/b
http://www.cardiachealth.org/coumadin
http://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-treatment/heart-disease-medications/c
The risks of AF indeed include a stroke:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/atrial-fibrillation
http://www.cardiachealth.org/stroke
Hope this helps,
Dr T
http://www.cardiachealth.org/

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