My experiences over the last 2 days may help others who find themselves in similar circumstances - apologies if this is 'old hat'!
I take Apixaban and had a substantial nosebleed on Thursday - 30-minute pinching, cold compresses and trying not to panic didn't stem the flow but eventually after 2 hours when I was preparing to go to A&E, it stopped of its own accord. I didn't take Apixaban that night - cardio agreed I had done the right thing and advised me to miss the next dose too - making 24 hours in all. (Flecainide seems to be controlling my AF symptoms at the moment.)
Went to ENT and found out I had swelling and inflammation from an allergy!! That is what caused the bleed - in October, too - that really surprised me as there were no other symptoms, apart from the odd sneeze. ENT doctor advised the usual treatments for a nosebleed but also one I hadn't known about - suck an ice cube to shrink the nasal blood vessels. Much like childhood greed when gobbling ice cream, I suppose!
Feel like I have been through a mangle today but I wanted to share this in case someone else can benefit from it.
Tranquility to all. xx