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Difference Between Antiplatelet And Anticoagulant
Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction ...Read more
Different mechanisms: Both Have different mechanism of action and indication for uses are different ...Read more
Different Actions: Anticoagulants are medicines which keep the blood from clotting by action on factors in the blood which are needed to stop bleeding. Oral examples would include warfarin and a new agent pradaxa. Anti-platelet medications interfer with platelet function making them less "sticky" hence less likely to cause a thrombus. Oral examples would include aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) and effient. ...Read more
Both: Both cause bleeding. The 2 drugs have different indications, however. If one must be stopped, let the doctor who knows you best decide which is less critical to your health. If you have serious active bleeding, there's no choice but to temporarily stop both. ...Read more
What's more commonly used in practice today to treat atherosclerosis, antiplatelets, anticoagulants or fibrinolytics?
Statins: Actually, it depends. Atherosclerosis is clogging of arteries so statins are probably most commonly used to lower cholesterol while antiplatelets eg aspirin are used to prevent heart attacks as well as stents from clogging. Anticoagulants eg warfarin etc are typically used to prevent clots in legs & strokes from atrial fibrillation. Fibrinolytics are used to dissolve clots once formed. ...Read more
Plaque and clot: atherosclerosis has been renamed atherothrombosis: plaque and clot formation. Statins lower cholesterol to slow plaque formation. Antiplatelet agents are used to block platelets to prevent clot formation and antithrombotics are used during an acute heart attack. It boils down to inflammation from poor diet, smoking causing vessel injury and plaque builds as a healing reaction. ...Read more
Prevent: They prevent it from becoming larger and from loosening and ending up somewhere else. Follow advice of your prescribing physician. ...Read more
I'm Af paroxymal 1 year. Left main 80% asymptomatic. After CABG & LAA ligation, allow only taking anticoagulant alone without antiplatelet?
Guidelines: Our guidelines in the USA recommend anticoagulation for AF and one antiplatelet drug such as clopidogrel or aspirin for coronary disease. There's no need to take 3 drugs (anticoagulant and dual antiplatelets). If you have a tendency to bleeding, your doctor, who knows you best, may decide not to follow guidelines in your particular case. ...Read more
I'm AF, My EF 60%, I haven't heart attact, no symtomps, no angina& haven't stenting. After CABG & LAA ligation, need anticoagulant or antiplatelet?
Antiplatelets: Usually anti-platelets are the stand treatment to prevent a further heart attack in the setting of a known coronary artery disease and post CABG. Anticoagulants could be used in such instances like atrial fibrillation or history of DVT or PE. Left atrial appendage exclusion reduce but does not eliminate the risk of strokes from atrial fibrillation therefore often times anticoagulants are continued ...Read more
Does atrial fibrillation with pR 70_79 with no symptoms and paroxysmal attacks cause dangerousness and is anticoagulant superior to antiplatlet?
If you have no other: Risk factors for thromboembolic events, then at your age, ASA (platelet inhibitor) is the recommended thromboembolic risk reducer. If you have a CHADSVASC score of greater than or equal to 2 you should be fully anticoagulated. Your health care provider should be able to advise you appropriately in this regard. Make an appointment to discuss it. ...Read more
Whether New oral anticoagulant drugs (pradaxa 150 2x/day) may be combined with anti-platelet drugs (Plavix (clopidogrel) 75 mg/day)?? I'm in Af also CAD??
Yes: Be carful about bleeding because there is no antidote for these new agents. ...Read more
In a nutshell: Here's the simple answer: anticoagulants prevent clots. Thombolytics dissolve them. ...Read more
Prevent or treat:
Anticoagulants PREVENT clots from forming
Thrombolytic drugs DISSOLVE clots that have been formed.
Both drugs can be associated with bleeding problems. In general the risk of bleeding is greater with thrombolytics than it is with anticoagulants ...Read more
See below: These are usually antibodies that your body produces to defeat clotting factors and may cause bleeding. Some, like the lupus anticoagulant, however, increase the risk of clotting, paradoxically. ...Read more
Mainly Bleeding: Anticoagulants, also know as blood thinners, can cause bleeding. A cut can bleed more than usual, a bruise can lead to swelling (hematoma) as blood collects under the skin, gums or the nose can bleed, etc. Rarely, you may have an allergic reaction and a very rare problem with coumadin (warfarin) is "skin necrosis" where the med actually triggers excess clotting and injury to skin and other tissue. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, your body is full of checks and balances. For every signal that promotes blood clotting, there is another prepared to anticoagulate. Unfortunately, this hasn't really been harnessed into a drug that can prevent blood clots quite yet. ...Read more
More bruising: IF you are anticoagulants you may have more bruising after a blood draw. It may take a bit longer for it to stop bleeding, a few more seconds. However that is basically it. There may not be any difference in your experience with phlebotomy. ...Read more
It stops clotting...: ...Without damaging or killing blood cells.Get a more detailed answer ›
Anticoagulants are any of a variety of drugs which decrease the body's ability to make or sustain blood clots. They fall, generally, into two categories. Drugs like Aspirin and clopidogrel (plavix) prevent platelets from forming the initial stages of a clot. Drugs like warfarin (coumadin) and dabigatran (pradaxa) block the later process ...Read more