Plavix is a medication used frequently by cardiologists to prevent the formations of blood clots and blockages that cause heart attacks. Discover more about prescription Plavix medication for use after balloon angioplasty with information from a board-certified cardiologist in this free video on heart health.
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Hi, my name is Eric Frischhertz. I'm a cardiologist in Austin, Texas, with capitalcardio.com, and I'm here to answer the question, what is Plavix? Plavix is a medicine, which is the actual brand name of the medication, Clopidogrel, which is the generic name of the medication. It's a medicine that we use commonly in cardiology, particularly in patients with heart disease, or blockage in the arteries, who have had percutaneous intervention, which is also referred to as balloon angioplasty, or stenting of the coronary arteries, particularly with newer stents, which are coded with a drug to keep blockage from recurring, in the vessel. We use a medicine called Plavix very frequently, in association with aspirin, as an anti-platelet agent, which blocks the formation of blood clots, inside the blood vessels. Aspirin and Plavix both act on platelets, which are the component of blood which form clots, and both of these medications are effective in preventing heart attacks, in patients with heart disease.