Ask the Expert: Are Blood Thinners Safe for CLL Patients?

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Is it safe for CLL patients, including those with atrial fibrillation, to take blood thinners? Find out during this “Ask the Expert” session, as Dr. Michael Keating weighs in to inform patients on the effects of blood thinners on platelet production and function. 

This Ask the Expert series is a Patient Empowerment Network program produced by Patient Power.   We thank AbbVie and Genentech for their support.

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Andrew Schorr:

Hello, Andrew Schorr here with my doctor I've known for so many years, Dr. Michael Keating, as we pose some of your questions to him to get some expert answers.  Dr. Keating, thanks for being with us. 

Dr. Keating:

It's a pleasure, Andrew, as usual. 

Andrew Schorr:

Dr. Keating, here's a question we got in.  I was diagnosed with CLL in 2010 when I was 70 years old and have been doing fine, and the blood results have improved over the years, no meds or treatment at all.  Now I have a major a. fib experience.  Is it okay to take blood thinners?  Could they affect my platelets? 

Dr. Keating:

No, you can take blood thinners, because that affects the clotting system. It doesn't affect the platelet function so that your platelets won't be affected by the blood thinners that can be recommended for atrial fibrillation.  

Andrew Schorr:

Dr. Michael Keating, thanks as always for answering questions from our community and thank you for your dedication. 

If you have a question for Dr. Keating or other experts, just send them to cll@patientpower.info.  With Dr. Michael Keating from MD Anderson, I'm Andrew Schorr.  Remember, knowledge can be the best medicine of all.  

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you. 

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