For people with AFib, the risk of stroke should be taken seriously because strokes can be disabling or life threatening.
Aspirin vs blood thinners
Some people may take aspirin to reduce their risk for stroke, but the American Heart Association does not recommend aspirin as an option for the prevention of stroke due to AFib. In general, aspirin is considered to be inferior to other blood thinners for reducing stroke risk in people with nonvalvular AFib and a CHA2DS2–VASc score of 2 or higher. When it comes to bleeding risk, aspirin is also not necessarily safer than some other blood thinners.
Managing your stroke risk
It’s important to remember that the CHA2DS2–VASc score, which is a measurement of your stroke risk, can change over time. Your stroke risk may be low now, but as you get older or as your health changes, your score may go up. If you have a score of 2 or higher, you may want to talk to your healthcare professional about managing your stroke risk with a blood thinner like XARELTO®.
Learn more about the CHA2DS2–VASc score and use our risk calculator to help start a discussion with your healthcare professional about your options for reducing your risk of stroke.