What is the purpose of a coagulation test?

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jerichorayel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Coagulation testing is a method of determination of haemostasis or the ability of blood to form into gel like structure. This property of blood enables the system for wound healing and recovery. However, clotting is not normal when significant amounts are forming inside the body. If large amount of clots are formed, it may affect the organism and can cause heart attack or stroke. 

Coagulation test measures the blood's capability to form clots. This also include the measurement of how long the clot takes and how much are formed and deposited. Measurements for coagulation tests are taken similarly to other types of blood test where blood samples are analyzed and examined. The following are the parameters considered in coagulation testing:

  • Platelet aggregation
  • bleeding time
  • rate of blood clot

Patients with high blood clotting are advised to take other blood test in order to see other possible disease that affects the blood flow. Some doctors allow patients to take anticoagulants with very careful monitoring. 

eli468 | Student

To coagulate is to form a clot. Clotting is important because it prevents you from too much blood loss when you get a cut/wound. Coagulation tests therefore measure your blood's clotting ability. It also tests how long clotting takes. This can help to determine if you are more at risk of bleeding too much it you have an open wound as well as seeing if there are clots developing in your blood vessels. Blood is not supposed to clot in your vessels. If it does it can cause a heart attack or stroke. A test can help to catch those problems early to prevent heart attack or stroke.

Coagulation tests can also help to determine if someone has a clotting disorder which can show if someone may be suffering certain diseases. They are also," useful in monitoring people who take medications that affect clotting ability."