I was diagnosed with AF in 12/2011 and was put on Warfarin and a beta blocker immediately. Things progressed with just intermittent AF sessions until 1/2013 when a doctor prescribed Cefdinir, an antibiotic, because I had the flu (and emphysema) and she was afraid I'd go into pneumonia. No pneumonia, but Cefdinir raised my INR to 9.2 and put me in ICU for 4 days and 3 more in the hospital. This episode caused my AF to become chronic and I stayed in AF all the time. My current cardiologist said he could not help me. Three months later I found a cardiologist-electrophysist who suggested that I go into the hospital to be monitored for a medication called Tikosyn (which regulates my heart rhythm) which requires a 3 day stay where you are constantly monitored while they start this med (some side effects can be dangerous). The Tikosyn started working within 24 hours and I am still taking it today. It is expensive, but worth it. The doctor has also switched me from Warfarin to Eliquis, an anticoagulant that does not have to be monitored. (I am now 75-year old female and seem to be doing fairly well but cannot have the ablation procedure because of my emphysema & I am thin so the cardiologist feels the procedure is too risky.).........T
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