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Heart Attack and Anticoagulants

Written by ColleenO.

Like antiplatelet drugs, anticoagulants help to prevent the blood from clotting. They are often given to patients during heart procedures or after a clot-busting drug treatment.

Common anticoagulants include:

  • Heparin
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)
  • Bivalirudin (Angiomax)

Effect of Anticoagulants on Heart Attack

Anticoagulants may help prevent a future heart attack by inhibiting the formation of blood clots. They do this by thinning the blood.

Read more details about Anticoagulants.

The most serious side effect of anticoagulants is bleeding, including internal bleeding. Stroke is another possible side effect.

Other possible side effects of anticoagulants include:

  • Bloody or tarry black stools
  • Nosebleeds
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Easy bruising
  • Allergic reaction

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