People that have heart diease are more than likely put on coumadin. Now saying that you will be required blood tests up to several times a moonth. Yes, this is boring. But death is no fun either. Coumadin is to thin out your blood to make it easier for the blood to travel through clogged veins and arteries. One other thing you need to know, a medic alert bracelet or the such is a good thing to have. Just incase you injur yourself the person doing first aid needs to know you are on coumadin. Kotex is a great thing to have in your house incase you cut yourself. It stops the bleeding really fast.
what i know about coumadin is yes it's a blood thinner most patients are on it for life, some have been told not to eat collard greens etc. and in dental proceduces most patients have to stay off the med for 3 -5 days depending on the proceduce i worked in the dental field 41 years and learned a very lot about meds and drugs used in the office. missy2
For most patients once on coumadin always on coumadin. Generally only people on coumadin diagnosed with a new clot or for prophylaxis get off. The good news is that with coumadin you can live a long, productive life. Without, you may experience clots which can cause stroke, heart attack or pulmonary embolism, all life threatening. Coumadin is a good thing. To clarify coumadin is not a 'blood thinner', your blood is not any thinner than it ever was prior to coumadin use. Coumadin extends bleeding time so the clotting process is delayed so blood can move around obstructions or doesn't clot when pooled in the vessels. Ask your MD to refer you to a 'coumadin clinic' for education and management.
- Coumadin Information for Consumers
- Coumadin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Coumadin (detailed)
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