Just thought I should let you all know why sometime people with AF are not put on anticoagulant (warfarin) And put on anti-platelet (Asprin).
This is because if you are not at high risk of getting a blood clot in your leg then you will be put on an anti-platelet , but if you are at high risk of getting a blood clot in you leg then you will be put straight on to anticoagulant. As the both work in different ways. An anti-platelet stops the blood sticking so it will not form a clot and will be good for blood circulation. An anticoagulant thins your blood so this stops the clot altogether thats why you have to be monitored all the time as the blood can become thin and you could end up bleeding internally. So remember as we are not all the same and many of you know this on this forum. If we are at lower risk of having a clot then anti platelet is ok but if we are at a higher risk of getting a clot then yes anticoagulant it is. Both my cardiologist and pharmacist oh and doctor told me this as I was worried as to why Asprin and not warfarin. I do hope this has helped a lot of you and that it has not confused you to much. I was glad the some people took the time to explain these to me as I had google these anti-platelet's and anticoagulant's.. Plus I do have family members who are doctors and pharmacist who also found out for me.. I do hope it's helped all of you who were not sure which one is which and why one and not the other..