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Mother's Death Killing Me...Need Answers

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  • Posted By: Chelseabee84
  • March 8, 2010
  • 01:29 AM

My mother, who had previously suffered from a stroke and heart trouble, was admitted inpatient to a heart hospital, where she underwent numerous tests, labwork, etc... After discovering that she had an irregular cardiac rhythym, she was put on two new meds - Coumadin and Metoprolol. Not a week after she was released from the hospital, she died. The doctor still has no idea what the cause of death was, and in the midst of finding out that my mother had died, I wasn't in the right mind to request an autopsy. I've been scouring the web for answers, and still cannot understand how a 52 year old woman could be fine one day, and gone the next. She had what appeared to be a seizure at the time of her death, but my mother had no history of epilepsy. I know the lack of oxygen to a brain during a heart attack can cause a seizure, but shouldn't the medications she was taking prevent a heart attack?

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  • My mother, who had previously suffered from a stroke and heart trouble, was admitted inpatient to a heart hospital, where she underwent numerous tests, labwork, etc... After discovering that she had an irregular cardiac rhythym, she was put on two new meds - Coumadin and Metoprolol. Not a week after she was released from the hospital, she died. The doctor still has no idea what the cause of death was, and in the midst of finding out that my mother had died, I wasn't in the right mind to request an autopsy. I've been scouring the web for answers, and still cannot understand how a 52 year old woman could be fine one day, and gone the next. She had what appeared to be a seizure at the time of her death, but my mother had no history of epilepsy. I know the lack of oxygen to a brain during a heart attack can cause a seizure, but shouldn't the medications she was taking prevent a heart attack?I am so sorry for your loss.Those medicines are started to REDUCE THE RISK of heart attack and stroke, but will not prevent it in many. I would not be surprised if she had another stroke if it looked like she was having a seizure. If she had that many vascular issues, I'm surprised she was not on more medicines earlier.
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  • What happened is sad. But, one thing which human beings never want to accept is that they will eventually die one day. And no one knows which day he is going to die. I am a muslim, and we are told in the word of god that "Death and life are gods creations to test us". We human beings should try to find the purpose of our life. It gives a lot more meaning to our life and death if you know that. Maybe you can read the word of god called "Quran" to know more. may god guide all of us
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