I was told that after a year I might could go off of it... I have another couple of places that were 40% and 65% blocked but I am on a beta-blocker, an ace inhibitor, a fluid pill, high chol. med., along with the plavix and Ecotrin. I have noticed that I have lots of bruises and recently I have started to have nose bleeds. They last about 15 to 25 min. and globs of blood will pour out of my nose. I have had 6 in the last 2 months... prior to being put on the Plavix I had never had a nosebleed. They also diagnosed me as having CHF... due to my heart function being between 24% and 27% when I was in the hospital in May. They said I had a heart attack however I never had any pain. I just started not being able to breathe normally and after several days I wound up in ER. In November I had another test to check my heart function and it was at 53% which the doctors did not expect. That is normal. They still say I have CHF... will they ever say I am okay or will they always say I have it? I am 43 and always been in great health other than this event. Has anyone else out there who has gone through this able to give me some insight as to what I can look forward to. Thanks for any info that may be available.
Depending where your stents are and how your doctor feels they are healing it is possible to come off of the Plavix but you are taking a high dose aspirin with the Ecotrin and the nose bleeds may not stop because it is a blood thinner. As for your having CHF, it will never go away because it is a heart condition. You will have periods in which you have no symptoms and it can go for years without effecting you but the heart condition is there.
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