FEB 15, 2021 7:22 PM PST

Aspirin Over Warfin for Congenital Heart Disease

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

A new study shows that aspirin takes higher priority over warfin for the prevention of blood clots in pediatric patients undergoing surgery. The study was led by Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and findings were published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

"Blood clots are dangerous because they can cause the heart to fail or lead to a stroke. For this reason, all patients are given blood thinning medications, with warfarin and aspirin the most common," says MRCI Dr. Chantal Attard. "Warfarin can be affected by food, other medications and illness, so patients must have regular blood tests to check their warfarin levels are safe."

The study, which involved 121 patients, discusses blood clot implications of the Fontan procedure. The procedure redirects the flow of blood from the lower body to your lungs.

Learn more about the Fontan procedure in treating congenital heart disease:

"Lachie has been taking warfarin ever since his surgery and there are things you have to keep on top of with this medication," she said.

"We have to monitor his blood clotting levels with regular finger-prick blood tests at home and watch out for injuries because there is a greater chance of bleeding and bruises.

"In what is already a difficult time for families, this new recommendation will make things a little easier."

Source: Science Daily

About the Author
  • Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
You May Also Like
DEC 24, 2020
Drug Discovery & Development
New Gene Therapy Targets Deafness
DEC 24, 2020
New Gene Therapy Targets Deafness
New gene therapy study addresses treatment methods for deafness. "In this study we focused on genetic deafness caus ...
JAN 16, 2021
Drug Discovery & Development
Scientists Discover Contents of an Ancient Mayan Drug Containers
JAN 16, 2021
Scientists Discover Contents of an Ancient Mayan Drug Containers
Washington State University researchers found a non-tobacco plant in containers of an ancient Maya drug. "While it ...
JAN 13, 2021
Drug Discovery & Development
Antibody Can Target Dengue Viral Proteins
JAN 13, 2021
Antibody Can Target Dengue Viral Proteins
Researchers have found an antibody that can stop the spread of the dengue virus—a mosquito-borne pathogen that inf ...
JAN 27, 2021
Drug Discovery & Development
Researchers Discover How LSD Encourages Prosocial Behavior
JAN 27, 2021
Researchers Discover How LSD Encourages Prosocial Behavior
Researchers from McGill University have discovered one of the possible mechanisms by which lysergic acid diethylamide (L ...
FEB 18, 2021
Cell & Molecular Biology
Inhibition of a Specific Enzyme Could be a Way to Treat Glioblastoma
FEB 18, 2021
Inhibition of a Specific Enzyme Could be a Way to Treat Glioblastoma
Researchers may have identified a new treatment target for a deadly form of brain cancer. Inhibiting an enzyme called PR ...
APR 02, 2021
Drug Discovery & Development
Anti-Parasitic Medication Could Be Therapy for COVID19
APR 02, 2021
Anti-Parasitic Medication Could Be Therapy for COVID19
What are tropical and neglected diseases? Chronic infections that plague developing nations with often little financial ...
Loading Comments...