Health Conditions

Health conditions treated with warfarin are generally those that put people at risk of developing blood clots.

There are numerous health conditions which put people at risk of clots and it is likely that many of the people you come into contact with through Eat On Warfarin will have a medical problem different to your own.

Each health condition comes with its’ own complications and challenges so, to help you have a better understanding of what your fellow “Warfarinites” are dealing with, here are some simple explanations of a number of the more common conditions requiring treatment with anticoagulants.

Click on a heading below to see the health condition. If the condition that you have been prescribed Warfarin for has not been listed, please let us know

Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)

Antiphospholipid Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that causes the blood to clot more easily than it should. This puts people with APS at high risk of having a stroke, heart attack, DVT or pulmonary embolism. In pregnancy, APS can be responsible for recurrent...

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly than normal. As a result the heart struggles to pump enough blood to the lungs and other parts of the body. This can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath or dizziness....

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in one of the deep veins in the body, most commonly in the lower leg. It can block the flow of blood either partially or completely and causes symptoms such as pain and swelling. A major complication of DVT, and the...

Factor V Leiden

Factor V Leiden is a gene mutation of the essential clotting factor, Factor V, and can lead to abnormal clotting in those who have it. People with Factor V Leiden show no real symptoms so it is not normally diagnosed until after a clotting event has taken place, or...

Heart Attack

Warfarin has a role in both the prevention and treatment of heart attack. A heart attack occurs when the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly stopped. This is usually as the result of a blood clot blocking an artery so anyone who is at high risk of developing...

Mechanical Heart Valve

The heart contains 4 valves which have the job of keeping blood flowing through the heart in the right direction. If a valve becomes diseased or damaged it can affect the flow of blood through the heart causing health problems. In severe cases it may be necessary to...

Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the artery that carries blood to the lungs and can be potentially life threatening. This blockage is most often caused by a blood clot but could also be due to an air bubble or a deposit of fat. Where the blockage has been caused...

Stroke

A stroke event occurs when a part of the brain is starved of oxygen due to the blood supply being cut off. Without oxygen, brain cells start to die and this leads to brain injury in the part of the brain affected. Most commonly, strokes are caused by the blood supply...