He’s Got A-Fib but Can’t Take Blood Thinners: What to Do?
We’ve posted a new personal A-Fib story. William F Covert tells about how in 2014 his A-Fib returned when he developed a serious lung problem. The new problem meant he could no longer take anticoagulants. So how was he going to deal with the increased risk of stroke due to having A-Fib?
“My A-Fib symptoms started in 2012 with dizziness and constant fatigue. Several trips to my family physician proved to be futile.
“Let Me Take a Quick Pulse Reading by Hand”
On my last exam, the doctor stopped me as we were walking out of the exam room and said, “Let me take a quick pulse reading by hand.” She did so, then performed an EKG and announced: “You have A-Fib. Can you go to a cardiologist right now?”
This was my introduction to the world of A-Fib!
The cardiologist put me on Xarelto and after an electrocardioversion, I was A-Fib free…for 15 months.
I Began to Cough up Drops of Blood
At first it was occasional. Then as time passed, it became more frequent and larger amounts. Doctors thought that the use of Xarelto was the probable cause of the bleeding and advised me to stop the anticoagulant for 6 weeks, and hopefully the bleeding would stop.
Unfortunately, it got worse. And I went back into A-Fib.” …continue reading William’s story…