3 weeks ago I wrote a blog about mismanaged anticoagulation just after an occasion of surgery where the hospital left me without Warfarin or any other anticoagulant and out of my INR range for 5 to 7 days. This week I experienced the consequences.
At the start of this week I was visiting Manchester University when I suddenly keeled over, became totally disoriented, unable to speak and confused. I was rushed to Salford Royal by ambulance. I had suffered a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) sometimes called a mini stroke.
After admission and 2/3 days of scans by CT and ultrasound and other tests to examine my brain and then my heart I was seen first by a Neurology Consultant and then a Cardiothoracic consultant. Both concluded and agreed that this TIA had directly resulted from the earlier period of a week without anticoagulation cover and out of my INR range. (This had occured in a different hospital and city!)
Doctors are only human and cannot be specialists in everything so mistakes will happen. All the more reason for us to have a closer hand on the management of our own conditions!
I have just been discharged and seem well now although now on a much stronger regime of Statins as well as my Warfarin for the future.
Can I wish you all enjoy a very Happy Christmas, I certainly intend to