As long as you have afib or flutter or are taking drugs to control afib or flutter because control by drugs is rarely or ever complete all the time.
As explained to me by an electrophysiologist two weeks ago, even with an ablation procedure they have to be absolutely sure you have no more afib or flutter, and even then the protocols are not clear. From webmd.com , "Many people think that having ablation means they'll be able to stop taking an anticoagulant (also called a blood thinner), such as warfarin, every day to prevent stroke. But that is only true if your risk of stroke is low. Studies haven't proved that ablation for atrial fibrillation lowers your risk of stroke. So you'll still need to take an anticoagulant if your risk of stroke remains high... "
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