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Beware of prosthetic valve thrombosis despite therapeutic anticoagulation

By Paul William Xavier Foley and Raj Sharma

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Patients with mechanical heart valves require anticoagulation within carefully controlled ranges to prevent valve thrombosis, a life‐threatening condition. The majority of doctors will be required to manage anticoagulation, often on a temporary basis such as during elective procedures. As long‐term anticoagulation management moves away from specialised hospital clinics, there needs to be widespread awareness of the complications of sub‐therapeutic international normalised ratios (INRs)

Topics: Emergency Casebook
Publisher: BMJ Group
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2660057
Provided by: PubMed Central
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