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Introduction

  • Joe F. Lau
  • Geoffrey D. Barnes
  • Michael B. Streiff
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Abstract

The clinical manifestations of thromboembolic disease were first described by Hippocrates (460–370 BC). In the 17th and 18th centuries, the study of human anatomy in health and disease led to greater understanding of the pathophysiology of thrombotic disease and the first treatments for it. Modern approaches to treatment of arterial and venous thromboembolism emerged in the late 19th and 20th centuries with the identification of acetylsalicylic acid, heparin, and warfarin. The last 50 years has witnessed the development of evidence-based antithrombotic therapy management and targeted therapeutics including glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors and direct oral anticoagulants directed against thrombin and factor Xa. The ever increasing number of therapeutic agents and procedures for thromboembolic disease presents a challenge for healthcare providers to stay abreast of the latest developments in antithrombotic therapy. We hope this book will be a valuable resource for practitioners caring for patients with thrombotic disease.

Keywords

Stroke Myocardial infarction Atrial fibrillation Arterial thromboembolism Venous thromboembolism Anticoagulation Treatment Therapy Warfarin Vitamin K antagonist Direct oral anticoagulants Heparin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CardiologyZucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Northwell HealthManhassetUSA
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular MedicineFrankel Cardiovascular Center at the University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Division of Hematology, Department of MedicineThe Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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