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Hello I am 66 years old. I had a heart attack four years ago and use warfarin and I have AFIB. I maintain the PI between 2.2 and 2.9 as requested by the cardiologist.I also have bouts of gout - agonising. I am physically active and work hard to not be overweight so BMI is 26 and losing a few more kilos. Cholesterol is well below 5 and has dropped with strict low fat and low carb diet. BP is also not a problem.

I visit the cardiologist twice a year and had TEE and angiogram in 2017.

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Good morning annemk

Welcome to AFA forum. You are up bright and early, is it to attend to your horses? It looks like it gets pretty windy where you are.

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Hi and welcome. Sounds as though you are managing your general lifestyle very well and focusing on what you can do to help yourself.

I’m not sure what PI is?

I hope you find support and information from this amazing and varied group of people who are so willing to support each other.

Very best wishes CD.

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annemk :-) welcome, you seem to have your health care well under control.

Good luck with losing a few more kilos, I am aiming for a BMI of 25 but find it is not so easy losing weight in the winter when fresh vegetable supplies are limited.

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Hello Annemk, welcome to the forum. Lifestyle changes like the ones you have made are a major contribution to improving AF. Like CD, would be interested to know what PI means though. There is a lot of knowledge and experience available here on the forum, plus masses of important and useful information to be found on the AFA webpages.

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Welcome to the site. It's good to hear new experiences- I'm sorry about the pain from gout- are you able to get pain relief meds that got in with other meds?

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Hi annemk, Welcome to what I think is a great forum. It sounds like you are doing our best to take care of yourself.Unfortunately our efforts don't always pay off the way we'd like. Stick with us. For myself I feel I get alot of support that helps me see this (a-fib) as an arduous journey that I can keep learning to live with comfortably and feel in reasonably good health. Take care irina1975

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There is a section on Gout in the book 'Good Medicine' by Patrick Holford, about how to treat gout by adjusting one's diet etc. It could be worth reading. You might be able to get hold of a copy through your local library.

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I think PI stands for Prothrombin Index, which is an older method of measuring clotting. It is calculated as prothrombin time as tested divided by normal prothrombin time, so it should be very close to INR.

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High there and welcome, hope you find any information helpful on this fantastic forum as I have 😊❤️

Best wishes

Sam 💞

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