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Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Blood Thinners (Overview)

Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction proteins (heparins, enoxaparin, etc.).


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What are blood thinners and who usually takes them?

What are blood thinners and who usually takes them?

Actually-NoSuchAgent: "Thinners" = an untruth, long promoted. These agents inhibit clot formation, are Rx'ed because of evidence/concern of forming clots inside blood vessels, not just at blood vessel breaks, thus ↑ing any bleeding problems. None thin blood; blood viscosity does not change. Can blood be "thinned"? Yes, become anemic (Red Blood Cell stickiness main basis for blood viscosity), but anemia is not healthy. ...Read more

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
532 Doctors shared insights

Blood Thinners (Overview)

Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction proteins (heparins, enoxaparin, etc.).


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What could happen from an overdose of blood thinner?

What could happen from an overdose of blood thinner?

Bleeding: If you are referring to warfarin, it can cause severe bleeding. If aspirin, bleeding and kidney problems. Be very careful with all blood thinners. One needs to be monitored for symptoms and signs of bleeding. If there are concerns, contact your provider. ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Green tea & blood thinner interactions: green tea can reduce effect of warfarin. Be careful! ...See more

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Does someone need to be prescribed a blood thinner following an endarterectomy?

Does someone need to be prescribed a blood thinner following an endarterectomy?

Maybe: It depends on the individual patient. Some people are very bad candidates for blood thinners because they have a history of ulcers, bleeds in the brain, etc. This choice should be discussed with the surgeon that does the endarterectomy. ...Read more

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Any prescribed blood thinner does not wear down a blood clot in the majority of cases. Care to reply?

Any prescribed blood thinner does not wear down a blood clot in the majority of cases. Care to reply?

Body does it: There are 'clot dissolving' drugs which directly break up clots, but most traditional 'blood thinners' simply prevent additonal clot being laid down, while the body's natural defenses dissolve existing clot. ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Always know when your next blood test is scheduled. ...See more

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Why will ambulance workers wait until they get to the hospital to use blood thinners on heart attack patients?

Why will ambulance workers wait until they get to the hospital to use blood thinners on heart attack patients?

Blood thinners: Blood thinners like Aspirin can be give. By ambulance workers. But tpa, (alteplase) Heparin are to be given under dr supervision. ...Read more

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Could smoking affect how blood thinners work?

Could smoking affect how blood thinners work?

Doubt but...: There is no interaction between nicotine patches, gums, inhalers and warfarin. But remember that smoking has a vasoconstrictor effect in all organs promoting angina or worsening arterial disease. ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Daily taking of medication to thin blood, control bp, lower cholesterol, light exercise. ...See more

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Does the drug clopidogrel, blood thinner have side effect of making the brain hemmorhage if you take it for a long time?

Yes: Clopidogrel and any blood thinner always caries a risk of any kind of hemmorhage but generally the risk is low and less than the risk of a problem that the clopidogrel is trying to prevent. However in my career I have seen 2 or 3 cases of bone marrow failure in patients who have taken clopidogrel for a long period of time. ...Read more

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How long do one shot of blood thinner stay in your system?

I assume: You mean enoxaparin? It has a half life of 4.5 hours. In order to completely eliminate a drug, 5 half lives have to pass. This means 5x4.5, or 22.5 hours. Almost a day. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Blood thinners (Tip)

Chemicals in tobacco smoke damage the inside layer of blood vessels, leading to heart attacks. ...See more