Blood Clots

By Maja1959 Latest Reply 2013-10-01 20:22:23 -0500
Started 2013-10-01 00:06:37 -0500

Is there a way to prevent blood clots BEFORE surgery? I have been pretty winded and tire easily. I have been told by my pacer doc he wants to add a new wire to my pacer defib. But there are three things I need to know. There is a 66 percent chance it will work it could also not work and the first time I got my pacer the leads came loose and had to be rethreaded and that is when I originally got the clots. I have been clot free for a year now. I only take baby asprin nothing else. And there is a chance I could get clots again.

If there is no way to prevent blood clots during surgery then I think I won't do the extra wire. My son is in college and I don't want anything to jeopardize that. I don't want to take the chance of dying during his freshman year in college.

I only get winded now going up and down stairs. I seem fine otherwise. I am being tested Thurs to make sure that all my arteries and veins are good. So they can thread it when they are ready. I have to keep a journal till Nov 11 to tell when I get winded and what I am doing. And then we will decide.

I am also going to be more committed at trying to take weight off too. Right now I am at 204.

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2 replies

Gulcherboy 2013-10-01 19:45:57 -0500 Report


My wife has problems with post-surgical blood clots. Now, she takes a blood thinner called Lovenox before any surgery. It's an injection she gives herself in the abdomen. It seems to work well for her. As for getting winded, are you sure you don't have fluid in your lungs? (This is a rhetorical question) Are you on Lasix? It might be worth talking to your doctor about it.

Best of luck to you!

Maja1959 2013-10-01 20:22:23 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reply…yes I am on Lasix 20 mg was every other day just yesterday was put to everyday! Doc suggested doing an extra wire on my pacemaker defib. I made the decision that it's too much of a risk. Doc says there are three things to consider it may not work, there is only a 66 percent chance it will work, and clots.

I will talk to the doc about this med you mentioned and see what he says. I have to keep a log of my being winded till nov 11. I have to write down when and what I was doing. I also take spirlactin which also helps get rid of water. I am wanting to see if I increase the Lasix to everyday if that will work. I am sorry to be so blunt but the thought of clots again really scares the hell out of me.

That sounds like the med I had to take after I came home the second time they did my pacemaker. I had to give them to myself in the belly. That was not pleasant :( but ya do what you have to do.
The first time the leads came loose and the second time I got clots.

Thing is my arm hurts where they were before but they did a sonogram and I am clot free. But they can't make the soreness go away. It is bearable but annoying. Makes me worry.

Wanting to give the Lasix time. Not comfortable with surgery under these conditions. I hope your granddaughter is doing better. What did you decide about volunteering? I want to lose some weight. Thinking about starting a walking regimen. We shall see. I forgot to ask if the belly shots before surgery did she still get clots? And then if you make the blood too thin before surgery don't you take the chance at being a bleeder?

I don't understand why they didn't do three wires from the start? They only did two. Good thing is even though it is bulky at times. It's not gone off yet. Thank goodness. I have a lot of mixed thoughts on all this. Thanks for listening and sharing!