Hello – I’m an otherwise healthy 55 year old female, diagnosed with afib 1.5 years ago. The dr. that diagnosed it immediately prescribed warfarin and metoprolol. My regular dr. was away at the time, and when she returned 3 months later, she said “I probably would have only put you on aspirin” – because I am otherwise healthy. No other risk of stroke, my bp is fine, blood sugar is fine, no history of heart attack, etc. But she decided to run the tests and try to determine my afib trigger, so I have since had an echo to check my heart’s mechanical health (its good), sleep apnea test (I have mild, and am now on a device that treats it), and I’ve quite drinking alcohol. I saw an internist that decided I had alcohol induced afib. However, I suspect that my afib may also be triggered by hormone fluctuations caused by the peri-menopause I’m going through, but every dr. I’ve suggested it to says probably not, hard to prove. Ever since I was put on the 2 meds, I have been asking to get off them. “My” dr. wanted me to go through all the tests, and then decide. I live in a small remote town, and “my” dr. only works half time, so I am constantly seeing a new dr. The last new dr. I had basically said I have no choice but to stay on the drugs. She actually said the words “why do you want to get off the meds”. I’m still flabbergasted. I’ve refused to go back and see that one. I have an appt. this week with yet another dr. to review my sleep apnea results, and maybe since it’s under control, I will be able to get off the warfarin. But what about the beta blocker? Has anyone every been on warfarin and a beta blocker, and then been able to get off both of them?
I HATE being on these meds. But obviously I don’t want a stroke either.