ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z79.0

Long term (current) use of antocoag/antithrom/angiplate

Diagnosis Code Z79.0

ICD-10: Z79.0
Short Description: Long term (current) use of antocoag/antithrom/angiplate
Long Description: Long term (current) use of anticoagulants and antithrombotics/antiplatelets
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z79.0

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Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to family and personal history and certain conditions influencing health status (Z77-Z99)
      • Long term (current) drug therapy (Z79)

Information for Patients


Blood Thinners

Also called: Anti-platelet drugs, Anticoagulants

Blood thinners are medicines that prevent blood clots from forming. They also keep existing blood clots from getting larger. Clots in your arteries, veins, and heart can cause heart attacks, strokes, and blockages. You may take a blood thinner if you have

  • Certain heart or blood vessel diseases
  • An abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation
  • A heart valve replacement
  • A risk of blood clots after surgery
  • Congenital heart defects

There are two main types of blood thinners. Anticoagulants such as heparin or warfarin (also called Coumadin) slow down your body's process of making clots. Antiplatelet drugs, such as aspirin, prevent blood cells called platelets from clumping together to form a clot.

When you take a blood thinner, follow directions carefully. Blood thinners may interact with certain foods, medicines, vitamins, and alcohol. Make sure that your healthcare provider knows all of the medicines and supplements you are using. You will probably need regular blood tests to check how well your blood is clotting. It is important to make sure that you're taking enough medicine to prevent clots, but not so much that it causes bleeding.

  • Aspirin and heart disease (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix) (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • How to give a heparin shot (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Taking warfarin (Coumadin) (Medical Encyclopedia)


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