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On coumadin. Coughed blood. Taking to emergency. Suggest?

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Hi, my father is 84 and on coumadin, he just coughed up some blood, should I be taking him to emergency or wait to talk to his doctor in the morning/
Posted Wed, 6 Nov 2013 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Anantharamakrishnan 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
May wait, if stable, no complications

Detailed Answer:
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

That depends…

One can generally afford to wait –
If the amount of blood is small…
If there are no problems from it – like increasing heart rate, falling pressure, pale look, confusion…
If it does not recur or increase

If there is any suspicion / if you are not sure – take him now

Take care     
Wishing all well
God bless
Good luck
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