AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 9 (September)

Anticoagulant Management (September 2007)

September 2007 pages 1-2 Anticoagulant Management Anticoagulants, commonly referred to as blood thinners, may be used to prevent the formation of harmful blood clots. A goal of oral anticoagulation with warfarin, widely used for many years as one of the primary prevention and treatment methods for many thromboembolic disorders, is to maintain levels of anticoagulation capable of preventing thromboembolic events without increasing the risk of hemorrhagic complications. The risk of either thromboembolism or hemorrhage depends largely on the length of time for which patients are outside the drug's narrow therapeutic range. Because of the need to monitor the anticoagulation...

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