Coagulation is the transformation of a liquid substance into a substance more or less solid. In the blood, it occurs in several stages which allow the formation of a blood clot. An anticoagulant allows us to slow down excessive coagulation. It's a medication used under close medical observation. It allows the blood to be thinned and prevents the formation of clots. Anticoagulants are prescribed in the case of phlebitis
, pulmonary embolism
, lack of adequate blood circulation, or heart failure
. Two kinds of anticoagulants are used in medicine: heparins, fast-acting anticoagulants, which aren't recommended very often for use over extended periods of time, and the vitamin K antagonists, commonly called VKA, which act more slowly, but can be taken in the long-term.
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