n Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa - Aspirin and deep vein thrombosis : drug trends in cardiology




Extracted from text ... Aspirin and deep vein thrombosis In an effort to prevent pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis after major surgery (and in other highrisk circumstances), many different thromboprophylactic strategies are used. Subcutaneous injections of unfractionated or low molecular weight heparin lower the risk of venous thromboembolism by at least a half while such treatment continues. For practical reasons, however, prophylaxis with heparin (or with mechanical compression methods) is generally stopped before discharge from hospital, even though the risk of thromboembolism may persist for some weeks or months thereafter. Prophylaxis with a simple oral antiplatelet regimen, such as low-dose aspirin, would be easy ..


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