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Sat, Mar 28 10:44am · Questions about Eliquis in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Wow catmom777; no more wine? no more coffee? I suspect if you search enough you should find just as many studies calling that BS!

Of course we are all individuals with individual metabolisms. So there are likely people who cafein or alcohol will effect in a negative way and maybe cause more AFIB. Just like some people I know who drank 2 CASES of beer EVERYDAY for 40 years and NEVER had any liver problems! Different stroke for different folks

Personally I went thru this same phase you are at now, after my valve replacement and being put on blood thinners. I researched it – why bother if I cannot have my beloved beer? Well, MY research showed that alcohol is NOT a big bad thing. I asked my cardiologist and on two different visits his various super nurses: ALL said no problem to alcohol. I said what about 3-4 beers a day? Answer: no problem. Based on my experience now since Nov. 2018 open heart surgery, they are correct.

Sat, Mar 28 10:44am · Questions about Eliquis in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Wow, but glad the REAL answer was found! I had been on eliquis 2 months until I made my Dr let me stop due to no Afib after a while after valve replacement surgery. 2 months later it came back, got put on xarelto this time. On it 2 months now… Anyway, I was going to suggest it was NEITHER of these that caused your dizzyness! LOOK ELSEWHERE! THAT happened to me on eliquis right away; but they also put me on staon to reduce my already low enough cholestral – I found THAT made me dizzy, not the eliquis!

A comment was made about maybe taking aspirin instead: ASPIRIN DOES NOTHING TO REDUCE OR PREVENT A BLOOD CLOT according to my heavy research, so don't go there without doing your own reserach and disproving all the studies I found!

God luck!

Sat, Mar 28 10:44am · Questions about Eliquis in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Plenty of other cheaper brands and flavors too, of gatorade…

Glad you can eliminate the elquis/xeralto as your dizzyness issue. Once past the mis-conception, you are on your way to feeling better! Yae!

Sat, Mar 28 10:44am · Questions about Eliquis in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Last time I went to ER with this my BP mach and hospital finger pulse rate units could not read my fast afib. They found another pulse measure device they taped to my finger so they could see the afib and beats: constant 140-143bpm. They said anything over about 100 for long time should be trip to ER. Anyway, they tried 3 different chemicals in my IV over 1 hour, no change. Then they tried this last one, Cartia, and IMMEDIATELY it dropped to solid 80 – still Afibing around but at least it slowed. Took all of 1 second after they pushed it into IV. They sent me home with a prescription of it in pill form; next week my cardiologist when he did f-up visit said stop taking that stuff it is not needed. But I kept the bottle just in case… cartia xp cap 240/24hr. expensive @ $35 for 30.

What is a "RMSA?"

Sun, Jan 5 1:14pm · Aortic Stenosis & Valve Replacement in Heart & Blood Health

It has been a week: HOW ARE YOU DOING?

Oct 6, 2019 · Does anyone with AFIB NOT take blood thinners? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I wrote a long reply to your wonderful post only to have it lost.

Let me summarize it with: I hope with all my non Afib heart that you no longer have too many work meetings!! You deserve RELAXATION at 85!!!!!

Oct 6, 2019 · Does anyone with AFIB NOT take blood thinners? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

When I went to ER for 140 bpm Afib they gave me diltiazem intravenously and in 15 seconds it dropped my heart rate to 90-ish… So I know it works. ER sent me home with prescription for it also… Next week follow up with my heart Dr. : he immidiately dropped the diltiazem prescript saying something to the effect that it was great for the Er but should not be used as a prescription – for me; he implied for anyone. Hmmm…

Oct 6, 2019 · Does anyone with AFIB NOT take blood thinners? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi Rubywitch67, You said "So what you said about there "always" being a clot in your heart, I don't think that's right. The Xarelto would not let a clot form no matter how long blood sat in a chamber of your heart." I am sorry my comment was confusing: I agree totally – that is what the blood thinner is for, to prevent a clot from forming. The fact is though, that if a clot is going to form in a person with Afib, it will form in the upper chamber of their heart that is spasming and not pumping all the blood out of it. THAT is where and why a clot will form. You and I are no more at risk of forming a clot in our leg or elsewhere than anyone else – our uniqueness is that the blood can stagnate and sit in the heart long enough to clot due to Afib not moving it. Once formed, of course the issue is that it then gets shoved somewhere else and can cause a stroke. The fact that the blood thinner prevents clots from forming EVERYWHERE in one's body is irrelevant because the exact location where it will form is in the heart. Sorry for my confusion.

You said "My cardiologist and the EP who did my ablation both said "Xarelto" will prevent my blood from clotting….they did not say "just in your heart." I will clarify this at my next appointment. Seeds of doubt" Seeds of doubt causing us to ask the doc more questions to better understand all we can about our medicine is a good thing! Hope this helps you get good answers from your doc at next appointment. I would like to hear back what he says! Thank you.