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Recent AF diagnosis, return to exercise?

Hi, had recent diagnosis of AF , required cardioversion to correct. Now on Xarelto, awaiting TEE in cardiology etc next 2 weeks. How soon can I exercise and has any one here experience of training in a grappling sport (bjj) whilst on blood thinners ? 40 yr old M.

Thanks

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You need to speak to your EP to get clear exercise guidelines. Exercise is key to heart health, though endurance exercise carries with it a significantly higher risk for AFib. Have this chat with your doctor. Best to you!

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Hi FESTERG, I don't want to be picky but Xarelto does not thin the blood, it is an anticoagulant which helps to prevent clots, but it does not change the viscosity of your blood. As said, you really should discuss this with a medical professional. Apart from the very valid points raised by SRMGrandma, you need to think about the additional risk of bleeding caused by contact sports. Any bang to the head could have serious consequences so please seek professional advice first.....good luck

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Thanks for the replies, I will of course follow any medical instructions I'm given in relation to exercise etc, I was just looking for personal experience, and I know, we're all different. Thanks again for the input. Just on a side note, the descriptor for Xarelto clearly states it thins the blood, I'll try add a pic here, again thanks.

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I wouldn't, it will make BobD 's blood boil! Bob is one of the mods here and knows a thing or two.

I wonder if the makers of Xarelto are using the word simply as a colloquial term for an anticoagulant.

Oh, here comes BobD ....... 🙂

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Haha, cool, i'll hold off, a quick google search explains they're specifically anti coagulation meds as opposed to thinners, you'd wonder why they're allowed use the term. Again, thanks for the input guys, really appreciated.

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This is a real problem as it does make some people think that anticoagulants can make you bleed. I find it so patronising of manufacturers to use this term (I can't bring myself) as if we are not intelligent enough to understand that anticoagulants merely slow down the speed at which blood clots. We can't even blame the Americans either as I think Xarelto is German!

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Oh Bob, you can really make me laugh so much. I do enjoy your sense of humour.

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actually, we prefer to call it "raising blood pressure", as "making blood boil" is quite misleading.

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Ha ha, humour breaking out in January whatever next!

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Aw sheesh, guys, don't we Yanks have enough problems (politically speaking)? (-..-) FESTBERG, as Bob said, patronizing they are. However, I know from experience--when a drug company is formulating 'consumer info,'--how many laborious hours it takes spent with endless focus groups to compile 'wording' the masses can understand, or more importantly, not misunderstand. (The Xarelto site for health care professionals, clinical trial info and the controversial Rocket study may be more your speed) As for exercise, good luck with that......after the last 'med-related' health debacle, I'm still fighting the battle on that one! Additionally, I found HealthUnblocked an absolute gold mine of information. My only conundrum was which forum to head for first!.....:)

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You may find reading 'The Haywire Heart' by Dr John Mandrola of interest. He is an EP and cyclist, with some experience of AF. He has a website too.

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