To add to Hillary Clinton’s woes, her blood-clot medication causes dementia. A Limerick.

Researchers have found that patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin showed a higher dementia risk if their blood levels of the medication were  too high or too low.

Mrs. Clinton is being treated with the drug Coumadin to help prevent blood clots, which she experienced in 1998, 2009, and 2012. Coumadin (also called warfarin) is an anticoagulant intended to prevent blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.

Warfarin has a long list of other nasty side effects, including bleeding gums, blood in the urine, blurred vision, chest pain, peeling skin, serious bone loss, and confusion. It can also cause necrosis—the death of skin tissue. One study found that long-term warfarin use after myocardial infarction (that is, after a heart attack) did not reduce mortality or reinfarction, but is associated with significantly more major bleeding.

One more thing. Warfarin is used as rat poison, and now some rats develop tolerance.

The Limerick:

That rat-poison Warfarin thinner

that Hillary takes before dinner.

Her dementia shows

as its side-effect grows.

They  say that she still is a winner




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Retired engineer, graduated from Chalmers Technical University a long time ago with a degree in Technical Physics. Career in Aerospace, Analytical Chemistry, computer chip manufacturing and finally adjunct faculty at Pennsylvania State University, taught just one course in Computer Engineering, the Capstone Course.

4 thoughts on “To add to Hillary Clinton’s woes, her blood-clot medication causes dementia. A Limerick.”

  1. I usually tolerate your preference to mock your political foes poetically (clever goes a long way), but you’re a bit out of your depth here. I worked in a dementia care facility (medication aide) as well as urgent cares, hospitals and family clinics, and have administered Coumadin to thousands of patients. It’s the most commonly prescribed anticoagulant of all. Mrs Clinton’s rx is for dvt, because she flies a lot more than the average person. All patients taking this medication get an INR every few days, to make sure the dosage is correct, and adjustments are an ordinary part of taking it. She’s had some of the more common side effects like blurred vision, but exhibits none of the common (or uncommon) symptoms of dementia.

    The only person on the current political scene exhibiting possible dementia symptoms is Sarah Palin, and her “word salad” habit could be exacerbated by drinking, or from anti-anxiety medications.

    1. One question. Is it common to prescribe coumadin for 18 years. Hillary is still good at memorizing talking points, but I have noticed a decline in her ability to think on her feet.
      It is true that she always travels with a personal physician, so she must be well monitored.
      As to Sarah Palin and her “word salad,” she is still Sarah Palin. She is also 16 years younger than Hillary Clinton.

      1. No, it isn’t common overall, unless the patient is a frequent flier, in which case it’s fairly ordinary. International businesspersons take it for decades, sometimes changing back and forth between that and other anticoagulants. Coumadin was actually her second drug for the same problem – deep vein thrombosis in the legs. There’s relatively little risk as long as you do your INRs.

        I expect HRC’s diminished ability to think on her feet reflects the normal slowdown in reaction times from aging. You can think just as fast, but the words don’t form or come out as quickly.

        Dementia is not strictly age related, even though it appears more commonly after 65. If those in your family produce the relevant types of plaques, it can show up in one’s 40s.

  2. Oh, Hillary, you I despise;
    You foolishly think you are wise!
    Each night, before dinner,
    You take a blood thinner
    Which will not do a thing for your thighs.

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