Safer anticoagulant therapy after heart valve replacement Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The use of anticoagulants in patients who undergo heart valve replacement greatly reduces the rate of thromboembolism but increases the risk of bleeding. A number of studies have been done to determine the efficacy of anticoagulation regimens that are less intense than those considered standard. Dr Turpie reviews these and lists the current recommendations of the American College of Chest Physicians.

publication date

  • March 1997