I have had 2 horrible episodes of AF in 2 years. I often feel exhausted and my heart is beating fast but regular. Most of the time I feel fine and thought I had a real handle on it and was not afraid. I had to see the GP (I hadn't seen this one before) and he put the fear of god into me! He advised I take Xarelto and I wanted to know all about it. He said if I didn't take it I would have a stroke that would be worse than an ordinary stroke and did I realise I was 15 minutes into a 10 minute appointment so I could take it or not! Now i don't know what to do. I have read everything I can find. I went back and saw another GP who said I didn't have to take it until I felt I was ready. Really confused and unhappy. I am of to Australia next week and would rather be at home if I was to start a new medication. I have just joined this site and have had some kind advice but more would be gratefully received.