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Restored rhythm

I had one episode of afib 8 months ago, I was hospitalized and had cardioversian to successfully restore rhythm, I have been on a beta blocker and coumadin ever since with no repeat episodes. I wonder if I will have to be on coumadin the rest of my life? I am 77
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Prevention of thromboembolic complications of atrial fibrillation is based on a pt's risk score (CHADS2 score).  Congestive heart failure, Hypertension, Age greater than 75, Diabetes, Stroke.  Anything greater than one risk factor requires treatment with coumadin.  Based on your age, I would say that you should stay on coumadin indefinitely because atrial fibrillation is a progressive disease and there will be recurrences in the future.  
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