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Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors p. 445
thrombogenesis and p. 419
abciximab as p. 120
Hemostasis is divided into primary hemostasis, where circulating cell fragments called platelets form a plug at the site of an injured blood vessel, and secondary hemostasis, which involves multiple coagulation factors working together to form a fibrin mesh to stabilize the platelet plug.
Endothelial injury is when the innermost layer of the artery, called the endothelium, gets damaged.
The second step is exposure, where the damaged endothelium exposes the underlying collagen.
The underlying collagen and endothelial cells then release a protein called Von Willebrand's factor, or vWF, that binds to this collagen.
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