Clotting or “coagulation” begins the process of repair to an injury of the blood vessel and causes the blood to thicken from a liquid to a gel, which prevents excessive bleeding. However, it can be dangerous if the blood moving through your blood vessels should clot. If such clots form, they can travel through your bloodstream to your brain, heart, or lungs, which can result in a heart attack or stroke.
Video: Coagulation Cascade Animation – Physiology of Hemostasis
A coagulation test or coagulation checks are performed to determine if a person’s ability to clot and how long it takes to clot. This test measures various factors and proteins and how they function so we can determine if the level is below the threshold, which is associated with reduced clot formation and too much bleeding, or too high, which can be associated with forming clots and thrombosis.
Video: Blood Clot Formation – Coagulation Factors & Platelets
A simple blood test will be done in our office. The results of your coagulation test will be discussed, and appropriate dosing of your blood thinner will be provided at that day’s office visit.
Coagulation tests are done at:
Cardiac Institute of the Palm Beaches, PA
108 Intracoastal Pointe Drive
Jupiter, FL 33477
Sources / Articles:
Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition: Chapter 157 Coagulation Tests