This is my first time here, I'm happy to have discovered 'BHF' who are almost certainly best to answer my query:
I was diagnosed with 'Extra Hepatic Portal Hypertension' as an infant (59 years ago), I suffered with regular haematemesis all through my childhood, until having previously had a partial Gastrectomy and Splenectomy, 2 Portal Shunts, surgeons turned the partial Gastrectomy in to a TOTAL which reduced the amount of occurrences drastically, although I still had the occasional bleed due to 'oesophageal varices'. These were finally got under control, when I managed to get myself on to the patient list with the fabulous Professor Michael Farthing, who had been appointed as head of Gastroenterology at Bart's hospital in London. Prof. Farthing began to conduct 3-monthly endoscopy checks, since when I've only had 3 or 4 bleeding episodes, all cured using endoscopic sclerotherapy.
Following a number of years in almost total remission, in 1996 I was diagnosed with severe anaemia and it was arranged that I would go in to hospital as a 'day-care' patient for an iron infusion. Unfortunately, things went badly wrong and I was given a massive overdose. That triggered an anaphylactic reaction, which wasn't treated quickly enough and later that day I had a massive stroke. The 1 day in hospital, became 8 months 3½ months of which I was in a coma. Anyway, that's a whole different story - but I must emphasize that although I was still under Prof. Farthing, he had absolutely NO INVOLVEMENT WHATSOEVER in the admin of the infusion, in-fact, he wasn't even at the hospital on the day it took place. To me, he is and always will be a virtual hero. It's a shame he is no longer practising front-line medicine. I now live in Suffolk and am no longer a patient in London.
I think it was important to reveal my medical history, as it most probably will affect whatever reply any professional will be able to give to my main question that I will now ask:
Having a history of bleeding, I am not able to take any drugs that thin the blood, how would this affect me if as I suspect, I am diagnosed with angina?