Warfarin - Generally speaking can you still run etc on it?

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Dustboy    pirate
27/06/2013 at 18:39


27/06/2013 at 19:38

Blood thinning agent, hmm.

If it carries the same number of red bood cells then: actually probably not a good idea.

If warfarin is part of the mix then running is out of bounds.

27/06/2013 at 21:50

I thought the main issue was from sports with an element of risk like cycling in case you have an off and then bleed, and bleed ......

27/06/2013 at 22:09

Why the initial question?

Dustboy    pirate
27/06/2013 at 23:13

Coz I have to go on it next week for 6 weeks to 3 months & I want to stay vaguely fit.

27/06/2013 at 23:26

Generally you take Warfarin because of a heart condition or blood clot? Surely this is one for your GP or specialist?

Dustboy    pirate
27/06/2013 at 23:38

I will check with the anti-coagulation clinic etc before banging out ten miles, but I just kinda wondered if people ran on it and any experiences they had.

It's required pre and post an ablation for AF, and after recovery, I can't wait to throttle up on a couple of 10Ks and a few tris.

28/06/2013 at 03:42

Dustboy, with all due respect. In athletic terms your eyes are bigger than your belly.

How anyone can be so driven to engage in an activity to the point it risks killing them is beyond me. Reminds me of a neighbour who was so driven to go skiing that she booked up and went while suffering a slipped disc.

Oh, she's another one who died before her time.

28/06/2013 at 08:10

I do think you should probably take it easy until after your procedure Dustboy.


28/06/2013 at 09:38
RicF wrote (see)

Why the initial question?

Coz the wife's putting rat poison in his tea?

28/06/2013 at 09:42

I assume you realise that AF (atrial fibrillation) is an irregular heart beat. I am thinking that Warfarin is being prescribed to help prevent blood clots before and after the procedure. Blood clots being something that is associated with AF. Many people take Warfarin all the time, people with a raised risk of blood clots.

My thoughts would be that exercise should help with circulation and so would help to prevent blood clots? But an irregular heart beat and exercise? You need to see your GP explain how important exercise is to you and ask what you can reasonably do. There is no point playing Russian roulette with your heart! It is an unforgiving organ! My thoughts would be that a GP would be happy with gentle exercise, but banging out 10 miles? You could be on your own there! 

Patience is advised here; good luck with the procedure

29/06/2013 at 17:37

I suspect that running while on warfarin is actually OK, but that the question is whether running just before /after an ablation procedure is sensible is more important. The cardiologist would bea  better source of advice than the warfarin clinic nurse, I think.

Dustboy    pirate
29/06/2013 at 18:21

Cardiologist is all for the exercise with AF, but the warfarin will be a new thing for me. Certainly for a month after the procedure it's breakfast in bed and not a lot else.  Cheers all.

29/06/2013 at 20:29

You take care of yourself Dusty. What about a gentle session on the turbo to begin with to see how you feel?  I'd be a bit wary about falling out on the road and bleeding all over the place. I know someone who used to be an anticoagulation specialist nurse so I'll ask her some advice if you want. 

29/06/2013 at 20:58

I was on warfarin for a PE a few years ago.  Was advised running wasn't a good idea due to the possibility of internal bleeding from the jarring not just a fall or cuts.  

30/06/2013 at 09:46

If your Cardiologist is happy with exercise and AF then happy days! The Warfarin will cause you to bruise more easily. For this reason cycling seems like a better idea?

Dustboy    pirate
30/06/2013 at 10:19

Interesting point re internal jarring, my cycling stay aboard skills are occasionally spoken of over on the tri forum as being not a lot. I think I may have to revive my swimming!

I'll see what they say on Thursday and report back for info sake.

Yes please Soupy.

30/06/2013 at 11:35

I'm on Warfarin for life now and my cardiologist and rehab team had no issues with me running whilst on it. Can't see any reason why they should, either.

However I did have one nasty fall when my shin got caught by a loose manhole cover and got cut very badly and it wasn't fun without any clotting so had to go straight to A&E to get it looked at. Other than that, no probs at all.

Dustboy    pirate
04/07/2013 at 11:02

Just got back from the anti-coag clinic and they said no problems with swimming, cycling or running but no contact sports. And try not to leak.

Just for info for anyone else reading.

Joe Volcano HAS to be one of the best names on here!


04/07/2013 at 11:46

Thanks for keeping me/us informed; I find it slightly rude when people do not bother to give a bit of feed back. Good luck with the procedure  

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