My husband is 64 had 5 bipass surgery in 2002. we moved to new hampshire 2 years ago & his caardiologist wants to stop his plavix... He has been told the risk is too high for bleeding. 8 years on, is this good?
My grandma had triple bypass surgery and was on coumadin (anticoagulant) for the rest of her life (not sure if she was on it prior- she did have a pacemaker already). I'd get a second opinion for sure.
I would have thought 8 years is easily enough time, and I'm sure a clotting factor blood test has been performed. After my initial stent I was taken off plavix after 2 years and had no problems at all. I am obviously on aspirin for life.
There may be exceptions, but plavix doesn't outweigh the probability for excessive bleeding for almost all conditions except plavix seems to be helpful to prevent blood clotting at a site that has been stented with a drug eluding stent specific for for the clotting issue... discontinued after a year. It is not a settled issue and opinions continue to change.
Your cardiologist is in a position to know what is best for you, and the risk of excessive bleeding is risk I wouldn't take!
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