Peripheral Vascular Disease Medication

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Everett Stephens, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

The goal of pharmacotherapy is to reduce morbidity and to prevent complications.

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Anticoagulants

Class Summary

Anticoagulants reduce thrombin generation and fibrin formation and minimize clot propagation.

Heparin

Augments activity of antithrombin III and prevents conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin. Does not actively lyse but is able to inhibit further thrombogenesis. Prevents reaccumulation of clot after spontaneous fibrinolysis.

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