: : My father just had a serious stroke. A doppler test found a blood clot behind the heart measuring some 6 inches from which the clot that caused the stroke must likely broke off from. The surgery option was ruled out because the doctors believed the likelyhood that a piece (or pieces) would break off and cause a fatal stroke. They instead chose to use a number of blood thinners in an attempt to arrest the growth and dissolve the clot.
: : We understand that we're looking for a miracle here. The doctors have never even seen a clot of this size. My understanding of blood thinners is that they don't do anything to existing clots. Are there any that do?
: : Are we simply delaying the inevitable here? Any thoughts would be appreciated as we are realistic and understand what the likely outcome is.
: : Thank you, Richie
I do not think any surgeon would operate on your father at this time, mostly because he has just had a major stroke.
I hope this has been useful. I wish you the best of luck. Feel free to write back.
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