Hi all - my name is Liz and I am quite new to this forum and also to AF so up to now I have been lurking in the background hoovering up all the advice and information. Today I managed to floss half a tooth out, leaving just the other half with its filling - good news is that this tooth has a root canal filling so no pain as no nerves - bad news is, it is going to be difficult to remove and may need to cut my gum and dig around to get it all out, so I now I'm worried about the bleeding in addition to having rising stress levels due to fear of dentists generally. I am not sure whether I need to stop taking the anticoagulant before the extraction and also whether there are any other things I should mention to the dentist? Also - would I be better to get referred to the hospital and get it done there, as this is an option? I take Rivaroxaban 20mg once a day. Also Bisoprolol 2.5mg once a day, Flecainide 50mg twice a day plus Losartan 100mg for blood pressure.
And I should just explain about my journey and why I am so grateful for all the advice on this forum. When I was diagnosed with AF after an echocardiogram (no mention of type - paroxysmal or permanent) and absolutely no advice or information from cardiologist ("atrial fibrillation - nothing to worry about we will just tweak your meds") nor from the GP I saw at the time, and no follow-up for blood tests or checks - just get on with it! It was only when a viral infection triggered a bad PAF episode that took me to A&E, that I was referred to see an EP in Southampton, plus another GP following up from the hospital (you never see the same one twice at our practice) said I should have been back to Cardiology for a check up after 6 months due to the medication I was on being "toxic" - and that comment and mention of "an operation on my heart" sent me straight to the internet where I was lucky enough to find this forum! My appointment with the EP is in early May and I already have a list of questions for him - not at all sure about the ablation route for me - in the past year I have only had five or six episodes, usually at night and of short ( usually no more than a couple of hours) duration apart from the one that took me into A&E last month. I only have the one heart so want to be very sure about my options. I will be returning for advice after I hear what the EP says!!