Three (3) Stents While on Coumadin

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Harryheart
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/19/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi
 
I am new.
 
On 3/31/2009 I had pains so I went to the ER. They said I had a heart attack.
 
They suctioned the clots inserted 3 stents and the pain is gone. My FU with my Dr is 4/28/2009
 
Question: Can clots form in the heart arteries while on Coumadin? I have been on Coumadin for 2 years because a small clot was found in my aorta arch during a TEE.
 
Thanks
 
Harry 

Miss Helen
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   Posted 4/20/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes clots can form even if you're on coumadin.   I've been on coumadin for 16 years now due to an aortic valve being replaced 16 years ago and have been hospitalized on 3 separate occasions during those 16 years with blood clots.  This is why at least monthly pro-times are important.   You should be within a therapeutic INR level that is determined by your physician.   If you fall short of that range you have a risk of blood clots.   If you fall above that range you run the risk of bleeding.   Monitoring your INR is crucial in managing your disease.   Certain foods and dietary supplements will effect your INR as will changes in medication and over the counter medications.   If you're changing your diet radically or adding new meds whether over the counter or prescriptions it is necessary to have more frequent pro times.   Good luck. 

Harryheart
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   Posted 4/20/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Thanks for the response. I do have my INR checked at the Coumadin clinic. I maintain 2.5 to 3.0.

I guess I need to try to reverse plaque by raising HDL and lowering LDL.....and dropping some lbs.

Any suggestions?

Thanks again

Harry
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