Since cardioversion two and half years ago I've had no more episodes of a-fib..to my knowledge ! At my 6 monthly check up recently....doctor said I should be on warfarin or similar. I am 70 and female so have 2 risk factors since they changed the guidelines. I have no other risk factors. I have been taking 75mg aspirin for years and changing is really worrying me. My sister died of a massive brain bleed at 54 and I have had a couple of bad nose bleeds in recent years...one of which needed cauterised. I was on warfarin for 6 weeks at time of cardioversion and was nervous all the time.
I understand that having a-fib has a big risk of clots forming but have read that a-fib needs to be sustained for a good few hours.....this has definitely not been my experience in the las few years.
Do you have any comparison figures of clots in .P.A.F and the protection of aspirin versus the new anticoagulants. Also can some people have thinner blood than others naturally and if so is this taken into account? Help with any of my concerns would be much appreciated..thanks mays10