I am alive because of 16 stents in my heart. First one was when I was 52, just turned 74. Been through all the blood thinners cumadan, Plavix and Eliquis. Fortunately I do not have any heart valve issues but I do have a-fib. September of 22 I had a Watchman placed in my heart. 6 months afterward I was able to go off all blood thinners except an 81 mg aspirin. The Watchman is basically a filter in your heart that keeps blood clots from leaving your heart to your brain.
The watchman is not available to everybody, ask your Doctor about it. Not available to people with heart valve problems currently. It is Medicare approved.
Now if I could just get my back problems fixed I could get back to a normal life. Unfortunately that is not going to happen, several different doctors have told me it can't be fixed.
Listen to your body and do what you can do. Ride easy,