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Beware of prosthetic valve thrombosis despite therapeutic anticoagulation
  1. Paul William Xavier Foley1,
  2. Raj Sharma2,
  3. Paul R Karla1
  1. 1St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
  2. 2Department of Cardiology, Ealing District Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital, Ealing Hospital NHS Trust, Southall, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P W X Foley
 St Mary’s Hospital, Milton Road, Portsmouth PO6 3AD, UK; paulfoley{at}talk21.com

Abstract

Patients with mechanical heart valves require anticoagulation within carefully controlled ranges to prevent valve thrombosis, a life-threatening condition. The majority of doctors will be required to manage anticoagulation, often on a temporary basis such as during elective procedures. As long-term anticoagulation management moves away from specialised hospital clinics, there needs to be widespread awareness of the complications of sub-therapeutic international normalised ratios (INRs).

  • INR, international normalised ratio
  • PVT, prosthetic valve thrombosis

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Informed consent was given by this patient for publication of this report and figure.

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