I had AFib nonstop for about three plus weeks end of last year. Was a first episode of any significance. Three 30-60 second ones before though steady beats. This long period went away after a few days on Adizem. Had to wait till April to see Cardiologist who said AFib is for life, it doesn’t go away, it gets worse with age, and I must take blood thinner for life. My GP said I was low risk being 62 female. Cardiologist said No you’re over 60! Take it!
I haven’t yet taken it. I haven’t had AFib since early Jan. My echocardiogram was clear. No result yet from 24 hour ECG as there is a backlog.
Do I really need to take it if I am not experiencing AFib?
Can I just take it for a few days when I am making long trips like going to the States in a week when I might get tired which could trigger the AFib?
If I am having aFib and don’t realise it, can’t I have a longer ECG to track this rather than commit to Rivaroxaban 20mg for life?
I’m unsettled and worried. Don’t want a stroke. Don’t want to deal with side effects of blood thinner.
Your opinions and advice welcome!