will blood clot clear

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Hi.... I have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, what I would like to know is when I have an afib episode and blood clots in my heart will the clot clear once my afib episode is over

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    I am not sure exactly what you are asking. Many people with afib are put on blood thinners so that blood clots will not develop and result in strokes.

    Jim

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      Hello Minko,

      Where have you read this? I would echo the answers from other posters and suggest you discuss this with your cardiologist or GP, the Riveroxaban you are taking should be preventing any blood clots from forming.

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    Your cardiologist should have carried out a risk assessment to determine whether blood thinners are needed long term for you. If your risk factors are high, they will likely put you on them. I was on thinners before and after procedures, but have now stopped with the agreement of my consultant. Clots are the risky bit of PAF. I suggest further discussion with your med team.
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    Hi Minko, the advice here is good, but if you are still unsure you need to get reassurance from your cardiologist. I had a stroke due to AF, before I even knew I had AF, and before taking an anti-coagulant; this was due to a blood clot. I have subsequently had an ablation for the AF (June 2017), which so far seems to have been successful, but I expect to be on Apixaban (Eliquis) for the foreseeable future.

    Although I accept there is still a small chance of a clot, it is significantly less than if I were not on an anticoagulant. I am largely confident that the anti-coagulant will keep me safe, and I have carried on my life much as before, albeit with a minor legacy of the stroke. As far as your question is concerned I could not answer it with any certainty, but my suspicion is that if a clot were to form as a consequence of an AF episode, the clot would not necessarily clear when the episode was over, but don't quote me!

    Good luck

    Sherpa Al

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