I’ve noticed as a student that lots of people get them confused. It’s simple because they both thin the blood right?
Unfortunately, it’s not appropriate to mix up the two terms. Precision is key guys!
Want a quick two min crash course? Read on!
Affect primary hemostasis as they target platelet aggregation. Platelet aggregation involves linking to other platelets through fibrinogen through receptors called glycoprotein 2b3a (GP2b3a). This linking forms a platelet plug.
Act on the coagulation cascade. The coagulation cascade occurs in secondary hemostasis with the primary goal to convert fibrinogen into fibrin. This would stabilize the platelet plug as fibrin a lot more stable than fibrinogen.
From this, I hope you can see why it’s very wrong to call warfarin an anti-platelet. Similarly, aspirin is not an anti-coagulant.