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In 3/08 my dad had a table saw accident and almost lost 4 fingers (he ended up losing the tip of his 4th finger). In the ER he had a tremendous amount of blood loss. The nurse had to hold an artery in his 4th finger closed with her hand until they could get him to surgery.

His doctor never ordered blood work from that time until 11/08 when he ended up in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat. He had never had heart problems before. The morning after being admitted, he was moved to ICU and intubated. We were then told he was severely anemic (requiring 4 units of blood). Then we were told he needed a pacemaker.

He passed away on 1/1/09 and I am just trying to find some answers as to why he was so anemic and why he suddenly had the heart problems. He was 78 and had emphysema but up until the saw accident was functional. He never fully recovered to the point of being able to work in his wood shop after the saw accident.

My question is could the irregular heartbeat have been caused by being severely anemic secondary to the blood loss from the saw accident? :confused:

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