Your Questions About Medications

Sep 4
AFib News Blog
Your Questions About Medications

Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on September 4,  2016  5:58pm EST

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. 


Thank you.


American Heart Association and StopAfib.org
  • skismosis
    skismosis,
    mellanie, i think this is a great idea and am looking forward to seeing the results,i have sooo many questions that my cardiologist does not seem to have the time to give me the answers, it took months for me to finally get to ask what my diagnosis was , turned out to be an nonischemic cardiomyopathy due to chronic afib ,im in permanent afib as cardioversion failed.thank you for your time here, you are a great benefit to us affibers, thank you.
  • evaf50
    evaf50,
    A question I would really like to know the answer to is whether the new NOACs are truly superior for someone whose INRs are well-controlled, i.e are in the therapeutic range more that 70% of the time, on warfarin. Thanks very much for arranging the question and answer session.
  • zippy
    zippy,
    Excellent~! Thank you~!Zippy
  • ksalkoskas
    ksalkoskas,
    Great questions in your list and I look forward to answers. One additional question - for those with paroxysmal AFib, is there a higher risk for further heart issues by not taking medication?
  • Great idea. I'd like to know why taking aspirin as a blood thinner is not an option to reduce the chance of blood clots vs., say, Warfarin or Eliquis.
  • mbeaudry45
    mbeaudry45,
    would love to know the answers to all these questions
  • Shannonslattery
    Shannonslattery,
    I am very interested in these questions! Do you know when this video will be on this site?
  • bearchaser303
    bearchaser303,
    Anxious to see the answers, especially for "If I forget to take my anticoagulant medication, am I briefly at higher stroke risk?" This past Saturday I was 4 hours late taking it due to circumstances out of my control (i.e. living life). I was worried about it the whole 4 hours.
  • Sunny
    Sunny,
    If I have paroxysmal AFib do I need to continually be on anti-arrhythmic medication, or can I only take it when I go into aFib? (The "pill in the pocket" routine.) Also, considering blood thinners, would the same theory apply? Meaning take a pill only when needed?
  • Larkspur
    Larkspur,
    Is it possible that augmenting the typical medications used to prevent Afib with mineral, amino acid or herbal supplements could allow one to take lower doses of the prescription medications?
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