Anyone with occasional Afib NOT on a blood thinner?

Posted by yorlik @yorlik, Nov 8, 2020

Seems a gray area exists between constant Afib and no Afib: What about those with occasional Afib?

1) A couple of hours long, once every 3 months?
2) A couple days long, once every 3 months?

I am curious how folks with occasional Afib handle the blood thinner question? Personally, I talked my cardiologist (replacement cow valve) 2 years ago into letting me stop blood thinners due to going almost a year w/o an Afib episode, the ridiculously high cost, and my woodshop/powerTools/chainsaw/woodCutting/mechanical lifestyle.

Along same lines, anyone know of natural blood thinners that could be used for occasional episodes?

@amandaburnett, jmac23 I have not had any ablations nor do I take any Warfarin or Eliquis. I guess I can't be much help with all that you are dealing with currently. @predictable (Martin) I've always found to be a fount of great information and inspiration! He assisted me with great questions when I was going to the Mayo in Scottsdale, AZ. for a 2nd opinion on my low scores of my Echo after I was told here locally that my EF remained the same after a year. Hope you are able to get some good information as I have always found on this site!
All my best! Jim @thankful

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@jmac23

I Had 2 ablations. Second successful for 16 years, Had a stroke on the golf course 2 years ago due to blood clot to brain. Fine and no AFIB episodes since but Doctor says I need to to stay on warfarin. It does not agree with me but he won't agree to aspirin. Anyone have similiar experience and off warfarin with no problems?

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Have you tried Xeralto? I was on warfarin for many years. Decided to try Eliquis but it did not agree with me. Xarelto seems to work just fine and I have no problems. Maybe you could give that a try. Good luck! I know this whole deal is such a pain!

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I was on Xarelto, then did Eliquis and the costs of these medications were beyond what anyone should have to pay. I am off of Eliquis and back to 81 mg. aspirin again. I feel fine and hopefully will stay that way.

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I have had afib for 4 years now. It has effected my daily life a lot. I was taking a daily baby aspirin before I started eliquis to thin my blood. But because I went on eliquis my doctor made me stop taking omega3 which is also a blood thinner.

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@hmccarth5

I was on Xarelto, then did Eliquis and the costs of these medications were beyond what anyone should have to pay. I am off of Eliquis and back to 81 mg. aspirin again. I feel fine and hopefully will stay that way.

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I’m in afib all the time and on 325mg aspirin no issues. Waiting for a generic thinner to come out. Hope soon doctor wants me to start thinner on my 66 th birthday in November. Trying to get plenty of exercise and reasonable on the food and beers!!

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@teddyboy

I’m in afib all the time and on 325mg aspirin no issues. Waiting for a generic thinner to come out. Hope soon doctor wants me to start thinner on my 66 th birthday in November. Trying to get plenty of exercise and reasonable on the food and beers!!

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The generics of these two meds. were supposed to come out last year, what are they waiting for? I take 81 mgs. 4x's a week, at night. I haven't been in afib for a very long time although I do take 12.5 Meteproprol 2x's a day and Digoxin 0.25 1 x a day. I have been just fine since I went off Eliquis in July, hope it stays that way! I am 68 today, and haven't had a beer in a few weeks, lol!

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@hmccarth5

The generics of these two meds. were supposed to come out last year, what are they waiting for? I take 81 mgs. 4x's a week, at night. I haven't been in afib for a very long time although I do take 12.5 Meteproprol 2x's a day and Digoxin 0.25 1 x a day. I have been just fine since I went off Eliquis in July, hope it stays that way! I am 68 today, and haven't had a beer in a few weeks, lol!

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my mother had afib and there is a device like pacemaker but different they can put in you to correct.

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@leighs2011

my mother had afib and there is a device like pacemaker but different they can put in you to correct.

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Yes, the Watchmaker, I have looked into it and am considering it!

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I've been on Xarelto for three months, can't ID any side effects but I've got a med cocktail which may mask it? My internist told me when prescribing that I can't stay on blood thinners forever? I've posted elsewhere about what my electrophysiologist calls "early beats" (2+ mos post fib/flutter ablation) which are day long escalated heart rates that are debilitating. I suspect that may be a default diagnosis?

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@hmccarth5

Yes, the Watchmaker, I have looked into it and am considering it!

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I believe the term is "Watchman Device". I have it and suggest others in need consider having the devise. Blood thinners have certainly played a role in cardiology but it certainly makes life easier without them.

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@ltssjs

I believe the term is "Watchman Device". I have it and suggest others in need consider having the devise. Blood thinners have certainly played a role in cardiology but it certainly makes life easier without them.

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Yes, it is Watchman, lol! How long have you had it? Has it given you any problems?

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I have had the device for about 2-3 years without any problems and no more blood thinners. When I first read about the device I was very interested in it because I was on a blood thinner which will have a bearing on what you can or should do as far as to other medications. My Gastro Dr jokingly stated that blood thinners prescribed by cardiologists were paying for his kid's education. My general cardiologist, a specialist from his own group had prescribed the blood thinner, was pleased to see me get on the Watchman and off the blood thinner.
However, please understand that blood thinners have been used for a very long time in cardiology and should be continued to be used unless a Watchman is appropriate can be implemented instead of a blood thinner.

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