Hi - I 'm new to this forum so apologies if I'm asking something that's been asked many times before.
Although I'm in my 50s I had an aortic valve replacement for a congenital condition last year. I had AF for a few weeks pre op and then post op. Prior to that I had one short episode of AF seven years earlier which was treated with Amiodarone, aspirin and diuretics throughout that period. Otherwise I have been fit and well and led a completely normal life.
Last December I had a successful cardioversion. However, I remain on Warfarin and have not really had a full explanation why. I'm also on Levothyroxine and Bisoprolol 10mg but Amiodarone and diuretics have been discontinued.
I would like to discuss alternatives with my cardiologist and understand that some of these are not suitable for people with valvular AF. A few questions therefore:
If someone has had successful cardioversion, how long do you have to be AF free for doctors to accept that it has gone?
Is there a layman's definition of valvular AF?
Experiences of anyone with the new drugs?
Would love to hear from anyone who has had AF and successfully argued for withdrawal of Warfarin.
Thanks in advance.