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What are antiplatelet drugs used for?

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When you're wounded, platelets arrive on the scene and group together to form a clot that stops the bleeding. Platelets can also group when injury to a blood vessel comes from the inside, as can happen in an artery affected by atherosclerosis.

In this situation, the platelets cause blood clots in an already injured artery. Antiplatelet medications can keep this from happening.

Antiplatelets are also used:

  • After angioplasty and stent placement
  • After heart bypass or valve replacement surgery
  • To prevent the formation of blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Heart Center.

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Heart Center.

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 02, 2019

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