A 84-year-old female asked:
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would stopping my coumadin (warfarin) give me a stroke? i am 78, and have multiple myeloma (untreatable), with copd.

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Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: If you're taking Coumadin (warfarin) because of chronic atrial fibrillation or a mechanical artificial heart valve, then stopping Coumadin (warfarin) would put you at risk for a clot in the atrial chambers or on the valve which could travel to the lungs or organs like the brain. If your heart rhythm is normal there is less risk of stroke or other complications from blood clots. The same is true if your valves are norma.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014

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