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I had a heart racing problem my heaart rate would go up to 220 and i would pass out, this happened six times in two weeks, dr recomonded an ablasion ,shortly into this procedure they found a blood clot in my heart and stoped the procedure and installed a pace maker whitch seems to be working, i have been on coumadin since last july because of a stroke . My question is how is it poaaible to have blood clot while being on coumadin for 11 months and since they couldnt remove this blood clot and want me to stay on coumadin how is this going to help ?

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replied May 27th, 2010
Heart Disease and Heart Attack Answer A12537
Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out.

Coumadin doesn’t cause the lysis (breakdown) of the clot which has already formed. Rather its role is to prevent the formation of the new clots.

Even if the clot is there, Coumadin will prevent the enlargement of the clot and not allow new clots to form.

Hence, you should not stop taking Coumadin thinking that it is not working. I sincerely hope this information helps. Take care.

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