Any comments please on whether I should be taking Apixaban after AF ablation?
I had a successful PVI Cryoablation in August 2018 which has fixed my PAF for the time being. In preparation for ablation, the EP put me on 2x5mg Apixaban in place of the soluble aspirin I had been taking. At my 1 year check-up, the young registrar suggested I should stop Apixaban but did not object when I insisted that I wanted to remain on it to minimise stroke risk.
I am being investigated for anaemia which I had long before starting Apixaban. I had a recent colonoscopy which showed some damage and bleeding from veins in the sigmoid. Following a recent blood test, the GP said I had abnormal clotting factor (did not explain fully) and should come off Apixaban while my anaemia was being investigated, based on the registrar's view that I should stop taking it.
I'm a 67yo male with hypertension, so my CHADSVASC score is 2. I am anxious that I am no longer protected, but also mindful that my 91yo mother-in-law was on Apixaban and recently suffered a devastating hemorrhagic stroke.