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Cardiovascular diseases are a group of disorders involving the heart and blood vessels, and they rank as some of the leading causes of death worldwide. Among these, certain conditions necessitate the use of anticoagulant medications like Eliquis (apixaban) and other anticoagulants.. This article will explore the key cardiovascular diseases where Eliquis is prescribed, its mechanism of action, benefits, and important considerations for its use.
Eliquis belongs to a class of drugs known as direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). It works by inhibiting Factor Xa, a key protein in the blood clotting process. This inhibition reduces the likelihood of clot formation, thereby preventing stroke and systemic embolism in various cardiovascular conditions.
Of course, Eliquis and other anticoagulants increase the risk of minor and major bleeding events. Let the pharma taker beware!
Let’s discuss why you were prescribed Eliquis and then the possibility of stopping it.
Your doctor may prescribe Eliquis for:
1. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): AFib is the most common serious heart rhythm abnormality, particularly in older adults, and significantly raises the risk of stroke. In AFib, the heart’s upper chambers (atria) beat irregularly and do not effectively move blood into the ventricles. This can lead to blood pooling and clot formation. Eliquis is often prescribed to prevent strokes in patients with Afib. Stroke risk can be assessed with a calculator found at CHADSVASC.org. We can help discuss the risk with you.
2. Venous Thromboembolism (VTE): VTE encompasses two conditions – deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the leg, which can break loose and travel to the lungs, causing a PE. Eliquis is used for the treatment of DVT and PE and to prevent their recurrence. Depending on the clinical situation, Eliquis, and other meds like Xarelto and Pradaxa, can be used for 3 to 6 months.
3. After Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery: Major orthopedic surgeries like knee or hip replacements increase the risk of DVT. Eliquis is often prescribed post-surgery to prevent these clots from forming in the short term.
The benefits of Eliquis include a lower risk of bleeding compared to older anticoagulants like warfarin and no need for regular blood monitoring.
Patients on Eliquis should be aware of potential drug interactions. Certain medications, including some over-the-counter pain relievers and herbal supplements, can increase the risk of bleeding when taken with Eliquis. It’s crucial to discuss all medications and supplements with a healthcare provider.
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