Is Plavix required to prevent the body from rejecting the two stints (each side) placed in the patient’schest?
Plavix interferes with the aggregation of platelets, which is one of the pathways to initiate clotting inside the body and blood stream. It is used after stent placement to decrease the likelihood of clotting near the stents, because a foreign object in the blood stream has a greater chance of initiating inflammation and the clotting mechanism.
I personally like Nattokinase, which interferes with the clotting mechanism through the inhibition of the conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin, another part of the clotting mechanism. Low-dose aspirin, 81 mg every other day, also interferes with aggregation or stickiness of platelets, but it carries a low risk of stomach upset and GI bleed. I have not seen a lot of bad side effects from Plavix.
Coumadin is another blood thinner that is frequently prescribed; however, I do not recommend it.