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So coumadin (warfarin) thins the blood to prevent new clots from forming --is there anything in coumadin (warfarin) to actively dissolve clot that are already formed or are?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mathew Chengot
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: It does from with in the clot.
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Dr. Peter H'doubler
Vascular Surgery 41 years experience
No: Coumadin (warfarin) keeps more clots from forming and thus facilitates the working of the body's clot breakdown system. Nothing in Coumadin (warfarin) actively breaks down clot...Only fibrinolytic agents like tpa do this and are given intraarterially or intravenously.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017
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