My mother, who is 95 this year, was diagnosed with AFib after a fall last year. Her doctor at the time said the dangers of being on warfarin outweighed the benefits and her new doctor (she has since moved to sheltered accommodation) seems to feel the same. He visited only a couple of days ago and told my mother of the risks. She had a TIA three years ago and her previous doctor didn't bother to visit. My mother is very frail and housebound, but very cheerful and totally content with her lot. Mentally she is extremely alert and fills her days reading and doing puzzles (we were deprived as children, my family never had a television!)
So her risk of stroke is very high. She is relatively stable on her zimmer and we have removed all obstacles and danger points, and she has thick carpet throughout the flat. Carers visit four times a day. There are alarms in every room at ground level, and she wears one on her wrist.
My fear is that she will suffer a massive stroke and possibly having to live with the results, albeit maybe only for a short time.
I would really appreciate hearing if anyone knows of a similar situation and the treatment offered.