Is aspirin enough to protect me from stroke if I have atrial fibrillation?

The answer is no, but let’s start by explaining the connection between atrial fibrillation and stroke.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is generally not a life-threatening condition, but it can lead to serious medical complications, such as stroke. An irregular heart rhythm allows blood to pool in the heart, which can cause clots to form.

According to experts, AFib patients are nearly five times more likely to suffer a stroke than those without the condition.

Back to aspirin — based on several large studies and the 2014 American Heart Association guidelines, staff at Oklahoma Heart Institute recommend patients with atrial fibrillation use anticoagulation therapies rather than aspirin to prevent stroke.

While aspirin is effective at preventing heart attacks, anticoagulants (blood thinners) help prevent the risk of stroke in patients who have a high risk of stroke.

It’s important for patients with AFib to talk to their doctor about their risk for stroke and available treatments. Call 918-592-0999 to schedule an appointment.