Consequences of anticoagulant treatment

With any anticoagulant treatment, you should watch for small cuts and bumps because  bleeding is greater

All patients suffering VTE, who receive an anticoagulant treatment, have a risk of suffering a new episode of thrombosis or embolism or the disease may progress, but the risk is much lower with the treatment.

On the other hand, the patients also run the risk of bleeding because of the treatment. There may be slight bleeding (the gums when brushing teeth, bruising due to blows), but sometimes the bleeding is severe (at gastrointestinal and brain level, or in other places).

With the recommended dose, the risk of a new thrombosis or bleeding is minimum. The risk of bleeding is logically greater in elderly people, in patients with cancer or in people suffering renal or hepatic insufficiency.

There are several anticoagulant drugs. Up to a few years ago, we only had heparin, low molecular weight heparin and antivitamins K.  Since 2012, we have been able to rely on new anticoagulants, administered orally which have some advantages over the previous ones.


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