I've been on Warfarin for nearly a year after aortic valve replacement for congenital aortic stenosis. After the operation I had AF but was successfully cardioverted 6 months ago with no apparent relapse.
I would like to discuss alternatives with my GP and/or cardiologist but do not know what local policy is and what it will take to persuade them. I'm aware of the cost issues.
As well as Warfarin I take Bisoprolol and Levothyroxine. The Levothyroxine is because I was on Amiodarone for seven years and it affected my pituitary gland function. This has been discontinued for two months and has affected my INR and thyroid readings. Shortly I will need an operation on my eyelid which may require stopping Warfarin and having heparin injections. Leading up to this, I had infections in the eyelid which were treated with antibiotics, again affecting INR. Also I needed weekly blood tests leading up to the cardioversion.
Everything seems to affect INR. My level was stable for several months but now I'm back to weekly blood checks. I really can't put up with the intrusion. Not sure if I should be on an anticoagulant at all as opposed to aspirin, which worked well for seven years but that's a separate argument.
Would appreciate advice on what to say to the GP/cardiologist about alternatives to