Answers To Your Medication Questions (And More)

Apr 12
AFib News Blog
Answers To Your Medication Questions (And More)

Posted by Mellanie at on April 12,  2017  5:11pm EST

We asked you what you wanted to ask the experts about medications (see this blog post at, and you gave us lots of questions to ask them.

At the 2016 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm. Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference in Dallas, we sat down with these two world-renowned AFib experts: 
  • Dr. Prystowsky helped write the treatment guidelines for atrial fibrillation. He is currently the Director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, and a Consulting Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He is the editor of the Journal of Cardiac Electrophysiology and a former president of the Heart Rhythm Society.

  • Dr. Turakhia is a cardiac electrophysiologist, outcomes researcher, and Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University. He is the senior director of research and innovation at the Stanford University Center for Digital Health and is the principal investigator for five digital health trials.

These two amazing experts answered your medication questions. See these 14 videos at to get answers to the following questions.


Questions About Taking Medications:

  • Can I skip medications when I’m not having symptoms?

  • Can I take anticoagulants for my AFib only when I notice symptoms?

  • What happens if I’m not 100% regular with anticoagulant medications?

  • Does it matter if I take my blood thinners at irregular times of the day?

  • If I only sometimes have AFib, can I avoid taking ongoing medication?

  • How should I talk to my doctor if I haven’t been taking my prescription?

  • Should I let my doctor know if I haven’t stayed on my medications as prescribed?

Questions About Anticoagulants and Stroke Risks:

  • What pros and cons should be considered in choosing a newer or older anticoagulant medication?

  • What are some important things to keep in mind for weighing stroke risks and bleeding risks in AFib?

  • Does aspirin offer lower bleeding risks for AFib than regular anticoagulants?

Questions About AFib Treatment Options:

  • What should I do if I think I might have AFib?

  • Can I use natural therapies to help my AFib?

  • Does everyone with AFib need to be on an oral anticoagulant?

  • How might new technology affect future AFib treatment?

If you like these videos, please share them via social media (using the arrow in the upper right corner of each) to let other people know about them. 


**The blog posts reflect the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AHA**
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