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Three Anticoagulant Studies May Change Current Medical Practice Including New Data Revealing That Preventative Use of Aspirin and Heparin is Not Effective in Reducing Recurrent, Unexplained Miscarriages
Date:12/6/2009

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blood clotting, or coagulation, is an important process that prevents excessive bleeding when a blood vessel is injured. Sometimes, however, clots form on the inside of vessels without an obvious injury or do not dissolve naturally, a potentially life-threatening situation requiring treatment. Research presented today at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology reveals that the practice of using the anticoagulants aspirin and heparin with the hope of preventing clots in placental blood vessels is ineffective for preventing unexplained, recurrent miscarriages. Two other studies look at treatments for venous thromboembolism, a common and sometimes deadly clotting disorder.

"Anticoagulants are one of the most common types of medications in use today and help prevent and treat a wide variety of health conditions," said Bradford S. Schwartz, MD, moderator of the press conference highlighting this research and Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, and Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. "That's why it's so critical that studies examining both newer formulations and old standbys, like aspirin, provide practitioners with the most up-to-date evidence to ensure that they are being used appropriately and that the best option is chosen for each individual patient."

This press conference will take place on Sunday, December 6, at 8:00 a.m.

Dabigatran Etexilate Versus Warfarin in the Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism

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A new study provides welcome news for patients with a common clotting disorder known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). According to the Venous Disease Coalition, 1 million Americans experience VTE every year, which occurs when an abnormal clot forms in a vein and restricts the flow of blood, causing pain and swelling. In some cases, the clot may de
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