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Can I take coumadin if I have a pacemaker ?

I have a pacemaker , do I have to take coumadin?
Tue, 24 Jan 2012
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pacemaker alone is not an indication for coumadine.but if you have atrial flutter or fibrillation or venous problems (for example when you had an embolism) then you have to take coumadine.
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