I went to see mt GP today about an unrelated matter, but used the opportunity to ask him if I should be considering ACs now I have just reached 65. I am fit and healthy, have low BP, and no other co-morbidities that I am aware of. Having watched Dr Gupta's video on the relationship between AF and stroke risk, I've not felt an urgency to start on ACs yet. I was pleased to hear that the surgery uses the new oral ACVs as opposed to Warfarin, but he said it was a good question I had asked. Due to the irregularity of my episodes, he thought it would be introducing an unnecessary risk of bleeding to go onto ACs at the moment. He did say though, if I was much more regular with my episodes then we would need to re-visit the decision.
However, he did recommend taking 75mg of Aspirin. I mentioned how Aspirin is almost a dirty word on forums like this, and he admitted to it being a 'fudge' or halfway house to ACs, but that it did lessen the risk slightly without tasking on the severity of the risks associated with ACs.