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    Riding with blood thinners

    Welllll.....

    I had a stent put in mah heart last week. As a result of that I'm on Brilinta which is not really a blood thinner as such but an anti-coagulant. It keeps my stent from getting plugged up.

    Anywho...is anyone else here on such medications? If so, do you worry about riding?

    I tend to not worry too much about such things but I'm really new at taking medications. I'll be on this for at least a year, possibly up to 3 years.

    I can't give up riding for a year much less 3. Of course, my doctor says not to ride. He would say that anyway even if I was a healthy 25 year old rather than a 52 year old broken down old man.

    Insights from someone in a similar position??
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    Like all riders, you've always done a risks-benefits assessment about riding a motorcycle, and you've hapily accepted the risk. That doctor probably would never accept the risk, even if it were a lap around the cow pasture on a CT70.

    So your clotting factor drops a bit. Heavy bleeding could be an issue, but ER's can deal with that. I'd call it a slightly elevated risk, since even crashing does not necessarily mean bleeding.

    And the benefits are still awesome.
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    If it makes you feel better Sam my father had a LVAD (left ventricle assist device) implanted on his heart, was on more pills than Elvis are he would come get my Ducati and ride.( with 2 batteries in his front pockets to pump his blood)

    Luckily he was selected for a heart transplant and has been doing well with it for a year and a half.

    I say do what you love if you feel up to it.

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    to be 100% honest, if it were me i'd throw some quik-clot in my tail bag and pin it I love riding to much to give up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by c0al View Post
    to be 100% honest, if it were me i'd throw some quik-clot in my tail bag and pin it I love riding to much to give up!

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    I keep a small aid kit in my tank bag with quick clot a tourniquet and such.

    Id say just take extra precautions sam. Maybe get one of those dog tag things. Maybe we can all pitch in and get you that life alert necklace for xmas.

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    You need to give up riding for sure. Ill come pick up the duc tonight not having it around will help.

    I'm not slow just conservative.

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    Oh how quickly things change. This morning I scratched an ingrown hair on my leg (thanks nurse that shaved my leg and balls...jeeez) and that thing bled like a teenage girl. Firm, direct pressure for over 5 minutes before the danged thing clotted up.

    Docs say my body will get used to it somewhat.

    The worry is not so much bleeding out but internal hemorrhaging. That could be bad.

    Bikes are up for the winter. We'll see what spring brings.

    Thanks everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Midget View Post
    You need to give up riding for sure. Ill come pick up the duc tonight not having it around will help.
    GO away.
    Sam

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    If I were in your shoes (boots?), I would still ride, although probably not as much solo riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowasockee View Post
    Oh how quickly things change. This morning I scratched an ingrown hair on my leg (thanks nurse that shaved my leg and balls...jeeez) and that thing bled like a teenage girl. Firm, direct pressure for over 5 minutes before the danged thing clotted up.

    Docs say my body will get used to it somewhat.

    The worry is not so much bleeding out but internal hemorrhaging. That could be bad.

    Bikes are up for the winter. We'll see what spring brings.

    Thanks everyone.

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    GO away.
    Sounds like you already made up your mind some... Really, if I were in your situation, I would most likely wait and see how I felt each day/week/month, and things like bruising and cuts actually went in normal day-to-day activities (shaving can bleed like crazy, paper cuts, bumping in to the stupid coffee table with the lights off, etc). If bruising was severe (which is was with my stepdad when he was on them) l wouldn't be riding. He would bump in to something and have a bruise 10" wide for a small bump.

    Next I would write down all medications and conditions and tell each person you ride, "if there is an issue, here is my list to give to the paramedics/hospital (and point to the pocket where the list is located)." I don't think I could give up riding much, it makes me too happy.

    With that said, I wouldn't ride alone, except to maybe meet up with others, but not on a long ride, and knowledge is power, so sharing with those you ride will help potential non-information to any one that would have to react to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Midget View Post
    You need to give up riding for sure. Ill come pick up the duc tonight not having it around will help.
    Sam, Iím closer to him and Iíll be happy to slap the shit out of him for you.


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