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I have been diagosed with lone AF & am currently taking a low

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I have been diagosed with lone AF & am currently taking a low dose of beta-blockers. I have not had an attack for 18mths & all E.C.G's etc have been normal. I had to inform the Cardiologist & the Haemotologist that Warfarin & aspirin are not recommended in my case! I also have thrombocytopenia & my platelet count is usually around the 80 mark. I have now been given Dabigatran to thin my blood even further.I am worried that this may cause haemorrhages. I also tale magnesium every other day plus 1000mg flaxseed oil & starflower oil which also thin the blood. I would appreciate your opinion on whether I actually need the Dabigatran as my pulse , blood pressure,cholestral & weight etc are still normal. I'm 74 this month & excersise reguarly at the gym.
Thankyou Diana Hixson
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Hi Diana

Based on the new quidelines, you do require anticoagulation therapy

The low platelets are somewhat of a concern

I agree with that.

I do think you should be on dabigatran or rivaroxaban. However, I don't think aspirin should be used with these drugs.

IF the platelets go below 50 then the dabigatran should be stopped
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your answer you confirm what I've already been told. I still wonder whether I should be taking anything at the moment as everything except the platelets have been normal for 18 months. Is this always the case when diagnosed with lone AF.?


NO, this is not always the case but females are at higher risk.

I do recommend that you be on a blood thinner of this type
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