Emergency room visits for heart attack sufferers could result in an increased risk of serious bleeding, especially if too much blood thinner is administered.
According to a recent study of 30,136 heart attack patients:
The study focused on the blood thinning drugs heparin, low molecular weight heparin, and glycoprotein IIb-IIIa blockers, also known as “super-aspirin.” Around 117,000 episodes of bleeding occur each year in heart attack patients. Excessive bleeding typically happens at catheter sites, from pre-existing ulcers, and in the brain. A Duke University study suggests that 15% of the bleeding episodes are attributed to blood thinning drug overdoses and potentially could be avoided.