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Heart Failure Impacts On Other Organs With heart failure, organs such as kidneys and liver appear to be affected as well, they couldn't function its fullest capacity. About eight weeks after my discharge, I was back re-admitted to the hospital, problem had returned. My cardiologies suggested we do a TEE (Transesophageal Echocardiogram) to check for blood clots in the heart, formed because of the blood thickening or slow-down of the blood flow. This can be life-threatening complications, and need to be treated before you can do Electrical Cardioversion - the use of electrical shock to correct your heart beat. Unfortunately we couldn't proceed with the Electrical Cardioversion because a blood clot was found, And we needed to get rid of that before we can proceed. Blood thinners was prescribed in additional to the long list of medication previously prescribed. And to start off I had to take up 2 weeks course of self-injection of blood thinners to boost the start-up of it. Two course of injection had to be introduced over the next month in order to allow me to attain an ideal PT/INR(prothrombin ratio and international normalized ratio) - They are used to determine the clotting tendency of blood, in the measure of warfarin dosage, liver damage, and vitamin K status. It would be October before signs of the blood clot were no longer present. Meanwhile between my second stay till when the procedure could be done. I had lost weight due to poor appetite, water rationing, and struggling to walkabout breathlessly and needed the aid of a walking cane. It would be 5 months of struggling trying to find reasons to be grateful for the less than normal life challenges I had to endure.


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