Just thought I'd check in. I saw my EP this morning, 5 months to the day since my ablation. He's very pleased with me and feels that as time goes by, it's less likely that I'll have a recurrence of AF. He's going to see me in 3 months and just before this, will do a 48 hour tape to see if anything untoward is occurring. We discussed anticoags (I'm still taking warfarin). I had my list of discussion points thanks to this wonderful site, one of which was the feeling that a successful ablation doesn't remove stroke risk. This he agreed with but also said that for me - at 58 with no other CHADS VASC other than being female - the risks vs the benefits put me on the side of not taking anticoags. However, he did say that once I'm 65, I'll have to go back on anticoags again. I said that they'd become my comfort blanket now and I wasn't sure really that I wanted to stop. He said that it was entirely my decision whether to stop - not now but in a couple of months. We talked about swapping to one of the NOAC's which he likes and said that around St Thomas's Hospital, where he works, the GP surgeries are happy to prescribe, but he didn't know what the situation was going to be in Ealing. He's going to write to my GP with the recommendation that I switch to Pradaxa, (he said either this or rivaroxaban would be fine but he felt that Pradaxa would suit me better). So, who knows what my GP will say! I'm still undecided about the anticoags. I know that loads of you stay on them and I'm kind of tempted to as well - just don't know! Your thoughts, comments and advice, as always, would be most appreciated. Sue x
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