Hello My AFib Experience community members!
We are planning to create videos of an EP responding to common questions from AFib patients about their medications.
Here are some of the questions we intend to ask of the EP:
- If I prefer not to be on medication of any kind because I don’t like the side effects, what will happen if I opt out of medication for AFib?
- Can I also reduce my risks just by using “natural remedies?”
- What should I do if I really don’t like the side effects?
- If medications for AFib can cause bleeding and I’m not sure that’s a risk I want to take, how should I go about making this decision?
- I can definitely feel it when I’m having AFib, so can I just take anticoagulants when I’m actually having AFib?
- What pros and cons should I consider when looking at Warfarin or one of the newer oral anticoagulants for my AFib?
- Is it a problem if I'm on warfarin but cannot stay in the therapeutic range?
- If I start this medication for AFib, do I need to plan to be on it for the rest of my life?
- How will we test the medication to find out if it’s really working for me?
- If I forget to take my anticoagulant medication, am I briefly at higher stroke risk?
Are there other questions about use of medications for AFib that we should ask? They should be general questions about taking medications, or about medications that serve a specific function (such as rate control, rhythm control, or stroke prevention). They should not be about a specific brand name of medication, nor your specific issues with that medication. Questions asked on the video should benefit the whole afib community. Please post any such additional questions in the comments section below.
American Heart Association and StopAfib.org