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Would full strength aspirin be as effective for my problem as Coumadin? 

I'm a 73 year old female and have had 2 episodes of a-fib, one in 2000 and the other in 2012. My doctor wants me to go on Coumadin but I'm afraid of it because I suffer from gastritis and other stomach problems. My question to you is - Would full strength aspirin be as effective for my problem as Coumadin?

submitted Viola from East Amherst, New York on 4/6/2013

Answer:

Patrick J. Cook, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Patrick J. Cook, MD    

No. Aspirin is not an effective substitute. Your doctor, based on your particular health situation, can give you a ballpark idea of the risk of stroke in a population of individuals similar to you. You can then, with your doctor, do a risk/benefit analysis of being on chronic warfarin (coumadin) or even some other anticoagulant. 

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Updated April 2013
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