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The aim of this study was to assess the effect of anticoagulation treatment on platelet aggregation. The study group consisted of 24 patients on long-term warfarin therapy without any antiaggregation therapy. Platelet aggregation was measured using VerifyNow with arachidonic acid (AA) as an inducer in 23 patients and with light transmission aggregometry (LTA) in 19 patients using four different agonists. All patients had their international normalized ratio (INR) checked regularly. The mean INR value was 2.07 (SD 0.6). The average aggregation measured by VerifyNow was found to be 637.5 (SD 36.6) aspirin reaction units. The values of average aggregability in LTA were 73.3 % (SD 4.5 %), 73.2 % (SD 6 %) and 72.1 % (SD 4.8 %) in case of aggregation induced by AA, ADP, and collagen, respectively. Epinephrine‑induced aggregability was 65.3 % (SD 14.7 %). Regression analysis between INR and values of collagen- or epinephrine‑induced aggregability (r = 0.654 and 0.575) was found statistically significant (p = 0.004 and 0.016); every increase in INR by 0,1 brings about an increase in collagen- and epinephrine‑induced aggregation values by 1.5 and 4, respectively. Administration of warfarin does not produce a significant reduction in platelet aggregation. On the contrary, prolonged INR evokes a mild increase in aggregation induced by collagen or epinephrine (Tab. 2, Fig. 3, Ref. 32). Text in PDF Keywords: platelet aggregation, anticoagulation, warfarin, platelet function tests, chronic ischemic heart disease.


M Chylova, Z Motovska, A Fialova, I Stetkarova, T Peisker, P Kalvach. The effect of warfarin administration on platelet aggregation. Bratislavske lekarske listy. 2021;122(5):320-324

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