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Old 05-16-2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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Question Pacemaker and Blood Thinner

Several years ago my mother had a pacemaker implanted. Immediately following the surgery she was place on coumadin. Just it standard procedure to use a blood thinner with a pacemaker? Do the MAJORITY of people with a pacemaker have to take a blood thinner?

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Old 05-16-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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Re: Pacemaker and Blood Thinner

I doubt if the simple implantation of a pacemaker would be a primary reason for putting a patient on coumadin (warfarin).

I've been on warfarin for several years, and had an ICD implanted last year. But warfarin in my case was indicated for atrial fibrillation long before the ICD.

I would guess your mother has some sort of heart rhythm disturbance that might lead to blood clots (like afib). But that is a guess.

Old 05-16-2009, 08:44 PM   #3
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Re: Pacemaker and Blood Thinner

Thanks Fizzickle.

Old 05-21-2009, 04:46 AM   #4
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Re: Pacemaker and Blood Thinner

Hi Fizzickle. I think you said you are on Warfrin?
I have Arrythmia and my Doctor wants me to go on Warfrin but I scared to death of Warfrin. Would you be kind enough to tell me what it is like living on it please?
Much appreciate

Old 05-24-2009, 04:06 PM   #5
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Re: Pacemaker and Blood Thinner


I just saw your post about warfarin. Sorry to be so long answering.

To tell the truth, outside of taking warfarin pills each day and going for an INR check once a month to calibrate the amount of warfarin I'm taking, there's been little difference in my life caused from going on warfarin.

I've had no bleeding problems - nosebleeds, stomach, intestines, or urinary. The nurse always asks about these during the monthly prothrombin time checks (INR).

If you have surgery, even dermatological, you have to come off warfarin for a time (mine have been 5 days) prior to the surgery, and then ramp back up afterwards. I worry sometimes about blood clots during these times but so far haven't had a problem.

One other difference I might point out is that I tend to feel the cold more than I did prior to warfarin. That can cause a difference of opinion if my wife wants the summertime indoor temperature to be 72 degrees F and I want it at 76F. But I just go put on a sweater.

I would be much more ill-at-ease if I weren't on warfarin than taking the medicine.

If you have any specific questions, I'll be glad to try to answer them.


Old 05-24-2009, 10:20 PM   #6
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Re: Pacemaker and Blood Thinner

Hi...I had a pacemaker/ICD implanted last year. I was also put on Warfarin but it was because I had A-Fib not because of the pacemaker. Bill is correct in his results of taking Warfarin. They want to keep my INR between 2 and 3 but if I have too much vitamin K (leafy green veggies) it may go up a little and they have to adjust the amount of Warfarin to compensate. Other than that there has been no problem at all. I tend to be cold alot also (especially my feet) but thank you Bill for saying it is caused by the Warfarin. Hope this helps. There is absolutly no reason to be afraid of taking it. As long as you take it EVERY DAY and get you INR checked regularly. We have a Coumadin clinic in Sac and they just ***** your finger for the blood instead of in the arm and it is much easier and faster. Good Luck

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