all my test have come back negative but they still want me to take warfarin
You should follow the advice of your specialist. Warfarin thins the blood and helps to stop blood clots from forming which can lead to life changing complications including stroke.
You do of course have the right to refuse treatment.
You could always opt for a second opinion.
Ask your Dr for odds and have him explain the chance for reoccurence. With A-fib you have an increased chance for blood to pool in the heart chamber and can then form a clot which can be fatal. Some Drs dont treat their patients with warfarin on a first occurance and some do. You can get a second opinion too but ask for the numbers and what the studies show so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to start the warfarin. There are several resources on line for you to look at too. Try the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the National Heart Assoc websites for info. here is a link to NHLBI.
- Warfarin Information for Consumers
- Warfarin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Warfarin (detailed)
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