Anticoagulation Therapy

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The page below is a sample from the LabCE course Fundamentals of Hemostasis. Access the complete course and earn ASCLS P.A.C.E.-approved continuing education credits by subscribing online.

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Anticoagulation Therapy

Anticoagulant therapy is employed in a number of clinical situations. Some of these clinical situations include:
  • After an episode of thrombosis, such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the veins of the legs, to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Prophylactically after some surgeries, especially those involving vascular repair such as coronary bypass surgery to prevent clots from blocking newly formed vasculature.
  • In heart valve and chamber disorders where there is an increased risk of thrombosis occurring.
Although there are newly available anticoagulant therapies, this fundamentals course will discuss the most common forms of anticoagulants, heparin and warfarin.