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Kim Carrier

Coding Tip: Hypercoagulable States

Coding Tip: Hypercoagulable States

Hypercoagulable states are blood disorders that increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis or embolic disease. The state is either inherited or acquired. About 80% of patients with blood clots have been found to have either an inherited or acquired clotting disorder. These blood clots can be lethal and some require life-long therapy. Hypercoagulable state is also known as thrombophilia.

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Coding Tip: Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Therapy

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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