Continuing my theme of worrying about something new every day, I have a quick question. Should I be on anticoagulants?
I'm a 37yr old male with suspected paroxysmal AF, which I could have had for about 6 months prior to diagnosis. I am currently on 120mg Diltiazem while I wait to see a cardiologist for further tests/analysis.
My CHADS-VASC score is 0, and my GP thinks I don't need to be on anticoagulants. However, the A&E team who saw me in AF put me straight on heparin (I was out of the country so they also gave me enough needles to get me home) and warned that I was at risk without it.
Like everyone, I'm worried about blood clots forming and causing a stroke. I have a few funny sharp pains around as well (in my chest and neck), which isn't helping my anxiety. Should I push to be on an anticoagulant, at least until I know more about my condition, or am I worrying about it unnecessarily?