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Heart Rhythm Conditions | Last Active: Jan 20, 2018 | Replies (64)

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Hello Larry @crashnam,

Welcome to Connect. We're so glad you've joined us, and thank you for sharing your story. Here is some information about premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) from Mayo Clinic:

We have a few discussions on Connect that you may wish to view:
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@crashnam, may I ask what your concerns are about taking Diltiazem?

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Quick question. I have been prescribed different blood thinners including Eliquis which I have in my possession now. Even with all the problems I have, I have been afraid to take any blood thinner medications because of the possible side effects. Anyway, I have occasional bleeding hemorrhoids and was diagnosed with a "leaky valve" several years ago. Would either of these conditions cause me problems if I do take Eliquis? Thank you.

I have a leaky valve and A fibrillation, flutter and I'm on Eliquis. I was afraid to take it for the longest time, but now I do. I use to have nose bleeds and it hasn't effected that. Carnes

In my case @crashnam, my A-Fib was diagnosed a little over three years ago, and I have no symptoms to speak of. Even so, my first and second cardiologists recommended an anticoagulant to help prevent blood clots from forming in my heart. Both recommended Coumadin (active ingredient Warfarin), because there is an antidote for it that's been on the market for years, while antidotes are not available for other popular anticoagulant drugs. I took their advice and am on 7.5 mg Coumadin pills daily. My HMO keeps a close watch on my anticoagulant index, using results of a blood test that I take every two months. In addition, I am on 50mg Coreg (Carvedilol) daily to control my blood pressure and soften my heart beats.

A few years ago, I had a prostate resection, and since going on Coumadin, I have had periodic episodes of blood in my urine. The episodes last a few days and the bleeding is not heavy. My urologist says that, in my unique circumstances, the bleeding is not worrisome. At the same time, my doctors all warn me to be very careful about taking any physical risks that could lead to severe bleeding from injuries, because the Coumadin medication slows blood clotting that is essential to closing and healing open wounds.

Your hemorrhoids and "leaky valve" deserve to be discussed with your medical team in detail, because as I have learned, conditions differ from patient to patient, and my experiences may not be reliable indicators of what you can expect. So I hope you can speak to your doctors soon about whether to take the Eliquis and whether it is a good medication for your unique symptoms. Martin

Another note. Those periodic haematuria episodes are a by-product of AL Amyloidosis. And it is very worrisome. I bleed almost every urination now, whether the hematologist and urologist say I should or not. The only treatment is to make sure you get enough fluids. And your hematologist should take you off Coumadin as quickly as possible.