Blood Clotting Disorders You Can Inherit

Relatively rare, but increasingly studied, blood clotting disorders present at birth can create problems throughout your life. These disorders usually cause blood clots in veins including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the arms or legs, pulmonary embolism, and blood clots in the brain, intestines and kidneys. They rarely cause blood clots in the arteries. How … Read More

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Taking Warfarin Before Cardiac Device Surgery

Managing blood thinner medication before pacemaker or defibrillator surgery is a common challenge, but a new study confirms long-standing observations that uninterrupted warfarin treatment before device surgery is the best option. “Between 15 to 30% of patients undergoing pacemaker or defibrillator surgeries are on long-term oral anticoagulation (blood thinners),” says electrophysiologist Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH. … Read More