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Re: 12 years after AVR, still no coumadin
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Re: 12 years after AVR, still no coumadin

Posted By ryan on July 10, 1999 at 11:55:37
I had a St. Jude's valve put in at age 17--12 years ago--and never really stuck with the coumadin therapy.  My metabolism was/is too widely varied for it to be useful, as the docs were always adjusting my levels every two weeks. I realize the risk I've run for all these years, and my mom is a nurse, so I've gotten grief about it practically every day. To this day, I have had no symptoms or problems, but as I get older, I am considering rejoining the world of the frightened and taking the drug.  My questions are: Do clots form gradually or rapidly?  If a clot formed, but was stuck inoffensively to the valve, what would the docs do?  Finally, is there any contraindication against daily scuba diving while on coumadin?




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Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on July 12, 1999 at 09:51:46
Dear Ryan,
Your mother is right ot give you grief.  You are literally playing Russian roulette with your life.  I have personally taken care of a patient in the same situation as you that had stopped taking her coumadin and developed a massive clot on the valve that was fatal despite our best attempts to save her.  Please make an appointment to see your doctor this week to resume your coumadin.  Don't delay.
I hope you find this information useful.  Information provided in the heart forum is for general purposes only.  Only your physician can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.  Please feel free to write back with additional questions.
If you would like to make an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, please call 1-800-CCF-CARE or inquire online by using the Heart Center website at www.ccf.org/heartcenter.  The Heart Center website contains a directory of the cardiology staff that can be used to select the physician best suited to address your cardiac problem.












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