Clot or Bleed

Coagulation explained in a way that makes sense.


Having trouble with coagulation?

You’re not alone.

Coagulation is one of those topics that most students find troublesome. The cascade alone, with all its Roman numerals and seemingly random pathways, is enough to make you want to throw a heavy object (where’s Robbins?).

As one student put it, “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t hate coag.”

What’s worse is that it’s hard to find a simple, understandable, succinct explanation of coag anywhere. Which led to the creation of this Study Guide.

What makes this book painless?

Most coag textbooks are unnecessarily complicated and jargony. And they contain a bunch of crap you’ll never in your life need to use.

This guide demystifies coag with easy-to-understand explanations of basic clotting mechanisms, laboratory tests, and diseases.

It’s concise but complete, with tons of helpful mnemonics, charts, and diagrams.

In short, it explains everything you need to know about in a straightforward way that makes sense.

What Students Are Saying about Clot or Bleed

Incredibly helpful. Read this a week before my board exam and it was the concise review I was looking for. It took an hour, tops, to read this entire book and afterward I was ready to answer essentially any coagulation question.

Andrew McNair

Kristine Krafts has a gift of presenting incredibly complicated ideas in easy parlance. I particularly love the simplicity with which she presents the three principle determinants of clotting and the clotting cascade. Do yourself a massive favour and buy this in second year during the haematology block.

Pranay Sinha

Love this book. It’s the first time I’ve ever been able to get over my fear of the coag pathway. It’s like “Coag for dummies” – great explanations and ways to remember.

Christina Randall

More Details on What Clot or Bleed Covers

Clotting basics

  • Platelet plug formation
  • That damn coagulation cascade
  • Natural anticoagulants
  • Fibrinolysis
  • Platelet and coag lab tests

Bleeding disorders

  • von Willebrand disease
  • Hemophilia
  • Hereditary platelet disorders
  • DIC and TTP/HUS
  • ITP

Thrombotic disorders

  • Factor V Leiden
  • ATIII deficiency
  • Protein C and S deficiency
  • Antiphospholipid Ab syndrome
  • Hyperhomocysteinemia

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