What information about antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) should patients receive?

Updated: Sep 30, 2018
  • Author: Suneel Movva, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Patient education may include the following:

  • Stress the importance of early recognition of a possible clinical event.
  • Instruct patients taking warfarin to avoid sports with excessive contact.
  • Instruct patients taking warfarin to avoid excessive consumption of foods that contain vitamin K. [32]
  • Limit activity in patients with acute DVT.
  • Instruct the patient to avoid prolonged immobilization.
  • Discuss the importance of planned pregnancies so that long-term warfarin can be switched to aspirin and heparin before pregnancy is attempted.
  • Stress the importance of minimizing modifiable risk factors in primary prevention of aPL-positive patients with no history of thrombosis.

For patient education information, see Blood Clot in the Legs.


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