My mother has a shunt due to her condition of hydrocephalus, as a result she is completely immoble. At age 80 Doctor's are recommending Warfarin to prevent blood clots, I'm concerned this medicine will be worst than the possibility of a blood clot.
A blood clot is serious. A blood clot can cause a pulmonary embolism (PE)
A pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in a lung artery usually due to a blood clot that traveled to the lung from a vein in the leg.
This can cause:
Permanent damage to part of your lung from lack of blood flow to lung tissue
Low oxygen levels in your blood
Damage to other organs in your body from not getting enough oxygen
If a blood clot is large, or if there are many clots, PE can cause death.
You should follow the advice of your doctor and give your mother warfarin.
- Warfarin Information for Consumers
- Warfarin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Warfarin (detailed)
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