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“Bike Performance vs. Lung Infarction”

From: Seth Dillingham In Response To: Top of Thread.  
Date Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:32:50 PM Replies: 1
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I had my monthly checkup on Tuesday (follow-up to my ICU stay back in May). My blood clotting speed is good, all is well as far as they can tell.

I asked about my performance issues on the bike, wanting to know if Coumadin/Warfarin has any known negative effects related to athleticism. I'm much slower than in previous years, and it's frustrating me.

The clinician (and pharmacist) just shook his head, at first. Then he said, "Most of the people who come to this clinic due to blood clots and lung infarction need help getting across the parking lot, and have to stop for breath in mid-sentence. You're asking this question because your 35 mile bike rides aren't as fast as you'd like."

Humbled and reminded of how narrowly I dodged my bullet, I left happy. Slow on the bike is so much better than being dead.

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