Saw my cardiologist yesterday at the hospital.
He explained to me why he decided not to put me on anticoagulants.
He stated that anticoagulants do not have anti platelet properties and because stroke blood clots mainly occur in a clot that is released from the upper right chamber (in some sort of reservoir) in the heart that blood pools in when you have AF, this is the most common area where the blood clots.
Aspirin on the other hand does have the anti platelet properties that will reduce the chance of blood clotting in that area by upto 80%. Anticoagulants do not prevent blood clots in that area. It also reduces the overall risk of a stroke by 40%, admittedly not as high as the 70% of a anticoagulant.
He also said that the combination of aspirin and a anticoagulant was simply asking for trouble and he would never use that combination under any circumstances.
He also stated that I needed aspirin because I have a stent in my heart to stop the stent from furring up causing another heart attack.
Apparently my blood is thinner than normal anyway as I get the small red blotch bruises on my hands when I am on aspirin like my father-in-law has and he is on warfarin.
He said my stroke risk was 2.1%. And another reason he was against the newer noacs was because there is no antidote. Plus you cannot take aspirin with warfarin.
So I was satisfied with his decision.
I am now waiting to have a echo cardiogram and a full 13 lead ecg to confirm I have AF. If I do have AF he will look at other ways to correct it.
The anticoagulant I was on "Rivaroxaban" is banned in Scotland by the way as it is regarded as unsafe.