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I was diagnosed with AFIB and immediately put on Xarelto. Guess I'm one of the lucky ones as I had no side effects…….at least none that I was aware of. When medication did not stop the AFIB, I had an ablation a little over 2 years ago. Since then, I have had two very minor "breakthroughs" which only lasted a very short time. I also wore a ZIO patch twice and both times, two "silent" episodes of AFIB were recorded. I've been told by my cardiologist that "sometime" in the future, I MAY need another ablation. I'm not thrilled with that, but understand it's very common to require more than one. Because AFIB is NOT curable, I am choosing to remain on the Xarelto for the protection it provides. I worry enough about the AFIB, I'm not going to add the fear of having a stroke on top of that. It is a very personal decision between you and your cardiologist. I wish ALL of us luck because "living" with AFIB is a nightmare.

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My ablation was 12 years ago. I too was told I may need another. I had one breakthrough two summers ago when I had to walk 3/4ths of a mile in 101 degree weather. At age 78, it nearly killed me. My car battery had given out and I was close to my doctor's office which is where I was headed anyway, so I just left the car and walked. My blood pressure was up at 145/88 and my heart rate was 101 after sitting for about 15 minutes. They wanted to send me to the hospital but I would not go. I had a feeling it would not last long and it didn't. In less than an hour I was back to normal. I take a full strength aspirin every day with food. Sometimes I take two. One at breakfast and another at dinner. I have a friend who has been having intermittent A/fib for about ten years now. She too takes only aspirin. It's true that heart failure, stroke and dementia are possibilities but I don't worry about any of them even though they may happen. My friend says she sits down (remaining in an upright position) and takes deep breaths and her A/fib goes away fairly quickly every time. She says that if it becomes prolonged, she will seek treatment. Almost every one of my gal pals has permanent A/fib and they all take medication. They're all older than I and so far none of them has had a stroke. Hopefully I won't have another episode nor will you.

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