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A fib and blood thinners

Keylargo32

I was told 3 years ago I had a fib, they gave me a shock treatment and it cleared up the problem , the Dr. has me on Flecainide 100 mg twice(2) a day and I have been without

a fib every since, the problem I have is he has me on a blood thinner also of which I do not like, has anyone else had this problem ?

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I really didn't want to take an anticoagulant and refused at first. Then I wasn't happy not following medical advice and eventually gave in. It seemed a no win situation and I felt absolutely doomed for quite a while! I am a bit more relaxed now I'm a bit older and more at risk and not much has gone wrong. I feel it's wise to have some protection from a stroke as I take the view that a bad one would be a fate worse than bleeding to death.

Are you not keen on what you are taking keylargo32 or on the idea in general? And which side of 65 are you? I was getting on for 67 when it was first suggested.

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Hi Keylargo

Well it depends how old you are and if there are any other contributory factors, you need to Google CHADS2VASC and put in your details, if you score more than 2 you should certainly be on the anti coagulants, 0 or 1 is your choice. BUT I scored 0 when I started and I am very happy to take them for the rest of my life, the thought of a stroke scares the beejeesaz out of me.

Be well

Ian

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i too have had cardio version but it didnt work. apart from breathlessness i am unaware of any other symptons. it was diagnosed 6 years ago during a routine b/p test. i am on bisoprolol 2.5mg twice daily. i do find life quite restrictive in that even an incline i makes me really out of breath does anyone else find this? i am on warfarin which i take each night. i have never heard of the other drugs mentioned on here are they beta blockers?

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Hi Augustine

Like you persistent AF Cardioversions not worked, but I changed from Bisoprolol as it just made me too tired. There are alternatives, in fact about 5 or 6 of them and you should discuss them with your EP.

The "other drugs" are the newer anti-coagulants, unlike warfarin no blood test is needed and no dietary changes, but again discuss with your EP the pros and cons please.

Be well

Ian

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What are the alternatives? I am intolerant to Bisoprolol and Amiodarone just about destroyed me.

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Hi Seasider

You need to consult with your doctor, Amiodarone is a rhythm control drug not a rate control like Bisoprolol and nearly all the rhythm control drugs are fairly ricky drugs.

Bisoprolol is a rate control drug and a beta blocker, there are at least 4 other beta blockers and maybe 4 or 5 calcium channel blockers, all of which do a similar, although not excatly the same job.

Talk to your doctor

Be well

Ian

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I was put on bisoprolol at a very low dose but I was so breathless that I had to be taken off, I am very active but on the medication any type of incline was daunting. I would discuss this with your Cardio and see if there is a connection.

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The same thing happened to me 2 years ago, have only had one episode of AF which was cardioverted immediately in A & E . I was advised to take Anticoagulants by the cardiologist which I really dont like doing so I ignored it for 18 months. Saw an EP and he insisted so started taking Rivoxaroban last Oct, and now I have found I get a heap more scratches and abrasions which bleed for about 20 mins. They look awful so I have to be careful gardening and such. It's a real pain. Still not happy about it.

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I have twice gone to A&E on days I went into AF hoping to be cardioverted but never offered it. I contacted cardiology and one time got a next day appointment with the registrar but just put on a waiting list.

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That's not good is it? I am in Australia so maybe it's standard procedure here or not. Could be that its done for a new diagnosis, and within 48hrs I think from what I read. It certainly worked for me thank goodness :)).

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