Coding Tip: Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Therapy

Anticoagulants and antiplatelets are used for the prevention and treatment of blood clots that occur in blood vessels.  Oftentimes, anticoagulants and antiplatelets are referred to as “blood thinners,” but they don’t actually thin the blood at all. These drugs slow down the body’s process of making clots. Their main function is to keep the patient’s blood from clotting or turning into solid clumps of cells. These drugs do this by interfering with either fibrin or platelets in the blood.

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