tennisguy
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tennisguy, May 18,  2020  8:35am EST

Post AFIB need to continue Eliquis

 I am 78 years old  Extremely active 7 days a week.  Vegatrian diet for 45 years. I had a heart attack in 2012 and was treated with a stent successfully.  Back to workouts and tennis every day.  No symtoms since. Developed AFIB in 2018 and had an RF ablation.  It was not successfull. 5 months later ad a cryo ablation.  It was successful.  It has now been 20 months with NO AFIB symtoms.  I am currently on Eliquis 5mg twice a day, blood pressure and cholesterol medications.  How long before I can replace Eliquis with a baby aspirin?

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  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, May 18,  2020  8:41am EST

    Baby aspirin is no longer recommended for afib patients. Aspirin is an anti platelet not an anticoagulant like Eliquis. It does not reduce stroke risk, which an anticoagulant does.

  • MellanieSAF
    MellanieSAF, May 19,  2020  10:40am EST

    That is definitely a discussion to have with your doctor, including whether you qualify for a dose reduction (there is a specific set of criteria to meet to do so).

    Like Ed said, aspirin is no longer recommended for afib stroke prevention.  

    Mellanie

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