The first time it happens, it can scare the pants off you.
The second time is no picnic, either.
You might get used to it — eventually — but even after years of battling irregular heartbeat, each episode can be scarier than a Hollywood horror flick.
But there’s something far more terrifying than the condition itself.
It’s the DRUGS that are supposed to TREAT it!
The blood thinners given to nearly every atrial fibrillation patient to cut the risk of a stroke can be as deadly as the condition itself.
But if you’re taking those pills and facing those risks, I’m here today with the news you’ve been waiting for: There might be a way off those meds after all.
In fact, if you’re a low-risk patient, quitting the drugs won’t just help you.
It could SAVE your LIFE!
Some folks with atrial fibrillation are much less likely to have a stroke to begin with, and taking a blood thinner can actually have the opposite effect.
It can INCREASE the risk of a stroke.
In the new study, 4.6 percent of low-risk AFib patients given aspirin suffered a stroke, compared to just 2.3 percent of those not on the drug.
That’s DOUBLE the risk of a condition the drug is supposed to prevent!
The numbers were even worse for patients on warfarin, a blood thinner so dangerous that it’s used to poison rats.
Over the same five years, 5.7 percent suffered a stroke compared to 2.6 percent not taking the drug.
If those were the only differences in risk, you’d want nothing to do with the drugs.
But they’re not.
There’s another one, and it’s a doozy.
It’s the infamous bleeding risk, because these drugs thin the blood so effectively that you can actually spring a leak INSIDE your body… including bleeds in the gut and even in your brain.
Some folks DIE of these bleeds.
The new study finds that nearly 1 in 4 warfarin patients and more than 1 in 6 aspirin patients suffer significant bleeding problems, compared to roughly 12 percent of folks not on either drug.
That’s an unacceptable risk — especially if it’s one you don’t have to face in the first place.
If you’ve been battling Afib, talk to a doc about your stroke risk. Find out which group you’re in — and if you’re low-risk, see if you can find a way off the meds if you don’t need them.
You might even be able to squeak by on natural therapies such as fish oil, which can thin blood without the risk.
This is serious business, so don’t fly solo on this one. Be sure to work closely with your doctor and reduce or eliminate your meds only with his say-so.