... years due to a blood clot in her lungs. THis past November, she had to go to the hospital due to two broken vertebrae. Doctors took her off Coumadin for five days and the day before surgery, she had a massive stroke. My question -- should the doctors have done the surgery sooner or while she was off Coumadin, should they have given her aspirin or maybe heparin to ward off a stroke? thank you for your assistance. It just baffles me that a strong, healthy, although 88 years old, has to suffer from this stroke