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Testing for Clotting Disorders – Can It Be Done While on Blood Thinners?

| Acquired risk factors, Antiphospholipid antibodies, Antithrombin deficiency, APC resistance, Clotting disorder - thrombophilia, Factor V Leiden, Inherited (genetic), Protein C deficiency, Protein S deficiency, Prothrombin 20210 mutation | Comments Off on Testing for Clotting Disorders – Can It Be Done While on Blood Thinners?

Stephan Moll, MD writes…  The decision how long to treat a patient who has had a DVT or PE with blood thinners can often be made based just on the patient’s history. Often no testing for clotting disorders (thrombophilias) is needed.  The decision how long to treat is influenced by 3 factors: (1) What is the person’s risk of another clot if he/she is not on blood thinners any more? (2) What is the person’s risk for bleeding on blood thinners? (3) What is the person’s own preference regarding his/her treatment. These issues are discussed in detail here.

However, if one were to do testing, what is the  right time to test? It is important to know that some blood thinners can influence test results.

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Long Distance Travel and Blood Clots

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Stephan Moll, MD writes…

Long distance travel, either by plane, car, bus or train, is a slight risk factor for DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary embolism). The risk is low. However, there are some people who are at higher risk.  In these people compression stockings and/or a dose of an oral blood thinner ( Xarelto, Pradaxa) or one injection of a low-dose “blood thinner” (low molecular weight heparin, fondaparinux) may be appropriate. It is not known whether aspirin Read the rest of this entry »