I'm 55 and have suffered paroxysmal AF for the past 30 years. Over the last two or three years however my AF has become persistent. Because of this I recently had a catheter ablation and was prescribed apixaban which I had to take for 28 days prior to the procedure and have been advised to keep taking indefinitely, or at least until my follow up appointment.
I had the ablation five weeks ago and over the past week I have developed quite severe neck pain which I've never suffered from before. Neck pain is a know side effect of taking apixiban.
For my age I'm pretty fit. I'm 6' (183cm) and 11.5 stone (73kg) i.e. a very reasonable bmi and have no comorbidities. The first thing I was told as I came round from the anesthetic after the ablation was that everything went well and that I am 'very fit for my age'. I say this because studies have shown that I am at no higher risk of stroke than any healthy 55 year old. Why then do I need to be on anticoagulants with their adverse side effects?
My follow up appointment isn't until January and really don't want to be on apixiban until then as I feel for it is totally un-necessary in my case and I do not want to suffer the side effects.
Any knowledgeable advice would be greatly appreciated.