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Does Alcohol Thin The Blood
Not exactly: Blood actually doesn't get "thinned." what we call blood thinners are agents that decrease the ability of the blood to clot, usually used in people whose blood clots excessively. Alcohol also can impair clotting, both by damaging the liver which produces clotting agents, and by damaging bone marrow which makes platelets, the cells responsible for starting a clot in our blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coagulation: A study in 2005 showed that moderate Alcohol consumption interferes with the activation of platelets in the blood, preventing them from clumping together to cause clots in the arteries.This interference also slows the rate at which blood coagulates for beneficial reasons, such as in response to injuries, leading to a greater risk of hemorrhaging, especially during surgery. ...Read more
Alcohol: Alcohol is not a blood thinner- it cause vasodilation.However if you drink significant amount, significant liver impairment/ liver failure/cirrhosis can happen. Besides, alcohol can affect the bone marrow and decease production of blood cells-inc platelet. Spleen enlargement can happen compensating to liver failure. Your risk for bleeding will be high when u have liver failure & low platelet level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I know that alcohol effects INR but does it have the same effect on blood thinness? If my INR was low could I take a shot to counteract anygreenstaken
Depends: The inr is a measure of how thin your blood is. When alcohol effects your inr it is causing your blood to become more thin. A low inr means that your blood is thicker. A high inr means your blood is thinner. If your inr is too low i.e. Too thick i.e. Not anticoagulated, then there are treatment options to anticoagulate including an injectable medications. You should discuss with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a brain stroke patient taking blood thinners and start having red rashes on my feet. Like blood coming out of veins due to thinness. What to do?
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