I have had a heart "problem" since the age of 15 and I am now 49. I had my Mitral Valve replaced 34 years ago and then again 13 years ago when it failed. For 21 years I took Warfarin so am well aware of the pitfalls and the benefits of this drug. Three years ago I began to suffer with a very low heart rate and all the associated problems one being I fainted on the loo and knocked myself out, not very dignified! My cardiologist decided I needed a pacemaker which I have. My heart is damaged and I've had an irregular heart beat for more than 30 years but as it was a regular irregular heart beat my Cardiologist said he was happy with it, however, two months ago I started getting palpitations and felt like my heart was racing. The Pacing Clinic altered my pacemaker and it seemed to resolve itself but my Cardiologist said if the issues continued then I would have to have Cardioversion, I wasn't happy with that so he started me on Beta-blockers. I've had another Cardio appointment, ECG etc and I'm in AF, and it turns out that I have been for quite some time, so the time has come for further treatment. I really want to avoid the Cardioversion if I possibly can so I've been told anticoagulation is the only other option open to me. My question is how successful, reliable, "good" are the newer anticoagulation drugs? I welcome everyone's opinion good or bad, I feel rather nervous about them. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Nicki
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