I had a heart attack last March 2018, I am a cocktail of drugs already and don't appear to have any side effects, but in my recent follow up (ECG, Echocardiogram etc.) my cardiologist wants me to go onto Rivaroxaban and maintain the existing drugs, my own GP concurs, but I'm really worried that once I'm on this new drug I won't ever get off it and judging by some comments here that does not seem very good to start. I'm reasonably well and exercising most days, some days up and some days not so good, but I guess it's early days. I'm 71, male and don't feel the need take the drug for a complaint I don't appear to have, although the cardi reports my recent ECG showed sinus rhythm with poor wave progression (whatever that means). I didn't get to ask what this meant, I've only just received a copy of his report. Any comments would be helpful, Thanks.
Hi, I think not taking a blood thinner after a heart attack, that was, presumably, precipitated by some occlusion, against doctors advice is not wise. The effects are not permanent and the drug is quite benign.
Give it some thought anyway.
To put it bluntly sinus rhythm with poor wave progression is AD. Xarelto is an anticoagulant and it may thin the blood but not in the same way as warfarin. Xarelto stops your platelets from sticking together. I have been taking clopedigrel the generic form of Plavix for 7 1/2 years and my platelet count is at the high side of normal. It may thin the blood during the first year following your heart attack and unless you are like me your cardiologist will take you off of it at the end of your first year. After the first year the platelet count returns to normal with you taking it and it is no longer a thinning agent. My blood thinner is aspirin and I take plavix as my anticoagulant. My medications go up and down in doses and they have been taken away and added back. It is the nature of our condition. I am as stable as I can be and I'm doing all I can do. The medications come with our heart disease, I'm 62 and have been in the fight for 7 1/2 years as a transplant candidate. I was given 3 years max because of the severity of my condition. The ball is in your court and live your best possible according to how you play the game. I'm 100% conpliant.
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