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Antiphospholipid syndrome makes the blood clot too easily. This can lead to miscarriage and other serious pregnancy problems. It can also lead to stroke, heart attacks, and blood clots in the legs or lungs that may cause death.
Antiphospholipid syndrome is caused by antibodies. Normally, the body makes antibodies that attack germs like bacteria or a virus. But with this condition, antibodies attack parts of your blood that affect how easily it clots.
This condition is usually treated with blood-thinning medicine. If you are pregnant, you will need treatment and your health will be closely watched.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
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Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: November 29, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Brian Leber MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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