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Do I need to take a blood thinner for life after afib

A 88-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Afib: The pacemaker only protects from too slow a heart rate. The indication for anticoagulation remains.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
You calculate risk: You can calculate your own risk: http://www.mdcalc.com/cha2ds2-vasc-score-for-atrial-fibrillation-stroke-risk/ I suspect, because you're so young and ... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Atrial fib: Whether fast or slow, you still have atrial fib and risk for stroke. Coumadin, xeralto or eliquis recommended
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vijay Iyer
25 years experience Cardiology
Depends on risk: Depends on CHADSVASC score. If score >2 then should be on anticoagulant. If bleeding risk is low Coumadin, (warfarin) apixaban or rivaroxaban are ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ajluni
34 years experience Cardiology
If no risk for clots: The relative risk for throwing clots (thromboembolism) needs to be considered in all patients with afib. Your relative youth makes clotting less a co ... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
23 years experience General Surgery
Iron work up : Atrial fibrillation chronically is difficult in the elder but common. See the doctor to build up her blood above anemia. Iron deficiency ... If p ... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Pradaxa : Pradaxa has the potential to cause stomach bleeding. The combination of Pradaxa and alcohol increases that risk more.
A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ajluni
34 years experience Cardiology
Watchman device: A fib w mitral regurg is difficult to eliminate by antiarrhythmics or ablation therapy, so rhythm control is less likely an option. Use of newer anti ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
22 years experience Cardiology
Anticoagulation : Anticoagulation is recommended for patients with atrial fibrillation and CHADS2 score of 2 or higher for stroke prevention. Aspirin and Plavix (clopi ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kaveh Karandish
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Ablation: she can be seen by a EP cardiologist to be evaluated for atrial ablation. she may or may not be a good candidate. also based on her risk factors rate ... Read More
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