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    I will be having a colonoscopy in the near future. I just read that you go off coumadin for 2 weeks prior?? anyone had one??
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Hi Cynthia, I don't know if you read my prior posts, but I had a colonoscopy two months ago, and went into Afib. My cardiologist is almost certain that the prep done the day before may have caused it. It apparently really dehydrates you, (and I drank lots of fluids like they suggest) but this is what could have caused the Afib. I think he is right because I started feeling the shortness of breath in the morning on the way to having the colonoscopy, not after. I thought it was just because I hadn't eaten the day before, but it continued, which is why I called my cardiologist. He told me the next time I need to have a colonoscopy, I will probably have to be on intravenious fluids the day of the prep. So now I am on Coumadin waiting for the right time to have a cardioversion. I don't mean to scare you, and it may not even be the case with you, just letting you know what happend to me. I would certainly communicate with you cardiologist about having the colonoscopy in case you haven't already done so. I wish I would have. Even though the doctor performing the colonoscopy knew I had a heart condition,and gave me the extra antibiotics, he should have consulted with him. A lesson learned. In a previous post Sarah told me about Lovonox, an anticoagulate used between going off the Coumadin and having surgery since I may have to have surgery for a hernia in the near future. You may want to look into that. Let us know how it goes.
    JoAnna

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      I just had a "routine" colonoscopy and the time off coumadin prior to the procedure was no where near two weeks! Heck, I had a hernia surgery and the cardiologist only had me off coumadin for 4 days prior to the surgery. The colonoscopy was easy in comparison. Time to get your gastroenterologist talking to your cardiologist about coordinating your coumadin/INR.

      You'll probably want to make some lime and/or lemon Jello for your dinner the night before (no red, orange, or purple allowed).

      Regards,
      Rob
      --Living life on the edge .. of a continent!
      Charter member: Tinman Club

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      • #4
        Two weeks is a long time. I stopped Coumadin 4 days prior to my stent procedure, which was done @ CCF-you should check w/Cardio. Also, according to my Cardio & GI, premedicating is NOT indiczted for a Colonoscopy(they both researched it). But dehydration can be a problem/or not. I've had 4 Colonoscopys (my Mother had Colon Cancer & HCM), with very minimal complications.
        You'll do just fine!
        RONNIE

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          Thank you so much everyone for your input! I did have a few questions about going off the coumadin before my endoscopy I had yesterday. I checked with one of my cardiologists and a nurse who is part of an anticoagulant team in the HMO. They are excellent...they monitor the INR's for everyone on coumadin and are very knowledgable. I'll be sure to check with them again when the time comes for the colonoscopy
          \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

          Ralph Waldo Emerson

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