I wanted to share an experience of a family friend who although was diagnosed with AF was not prescribed Warfarin (although he was prescribed with aspirin - not sure if that would have helped) and he later had a stroke. I was curious to see if it is common for a patient to not have been prescribed Warfarin after being diagnosed with AF. It would be interesting to hear if this has happened to a number of people.
Not prescribed Warfarin - AF: I wanted to... - AF Association
Regrettably still all too common, either they prescribe no anti-coagualnt whatsoever or they rely on aspirin, despite NICE guidelines which state that neither is acceptable and that every patient must be CHADS2VASC scored and the result discussed with them.
We've heard some very distressing stories on the forum, of people who have had TIAs and strokes either when on aspirin, or without an anti-coagulant.
And of course we never hear from those who suffer a worse fate.
The AFA have been magnificent at promoting anti-coagulants, but even now I think the latest estimate is only 50% of those who SHOULD be on them are.
Be well and Anti-coagulate
I have had AF for 7 years now and was only ever told to take asprin. I have a stroke in January and apparently on scan showed I had had one previously as well. Luckily I am doing very well now only occassionally muddle the odd word so I guess it could have been so much worse. I know take xarelto
So hopefully will keep me protected.
In 2015, I would have thought there was justification in discussing a medical negligence claim with a specialist legal firm if you suffered an AF related stroke after your GP/cardiologist put you on aspirin instead of an anti-coagulant. Unless there were good reasons of course and these had been properly explained to you. Current guidelines are clear and if your medic is not up to date, he/she really shouldn't be practising unsupervised.
Better still of course, don't let it reach that stage. Insist on Anticoagulation Now!
Let me clarify....I'm not saying everyone should be on anti-coagulants (as long as I am!) but what would be very wrong is for a medic to prescribe aspirin as an anti-coagulant. That's my point.
Sure, if you really are at low risk, prepared to accept that even with the enhanced risk of stroke associated with AF and in the knowledge that stroke is the No 2 killer of mankind in this world.......then the decision to take them or not is entirely yours Robert. And I do mean 'yours', not your consultant's.
Hi, when diagnosed with PAF in A&E last year the doctor put me straight on aspirin but when finally saw consultant and with chads result of 1 I was advised warfarin and went away to think it over for few weeks, then decided to take it, feel much safer now (although hate fortnightly blood tests, because my inr all over place of late) ?? But nervous about new anticoagulants, so plodding on until my veins give up lol