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Does Wine Thin Your Blood
Opposite if anything: Alcohol is a mild diuretic, so it makes you urinate, even if not over-hydrated, which is part of why hangovers occur--dehydration. So, if anything, it can "thicken" your blood, however not really to a significant extent. Drink alcohol in moderation, and alternate with water, and enjoy. ...Read more
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
No: Not a recommended treatment. A study in rats found that vinegar could lower high blood pressure (in rats). That was apple cider vinegar. No proven effect in humans that i could find. In large amounts, vinegar can lower your potassium. The hydrochlorothiazide you take also lowers potassium. Check with your doctor to make sure you don't cause problems with low potassium while trying vinegar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not that much: Smokers on average run 10-20% more neutrophils because on the ongoing lung injury. ...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
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
Like aspirin..: Naproxen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pills (advil, aleve (naproxen) but not tylenol) make blood platelets less sticky and so promote bleeding. They don't literally make the blood thinner, just that blood clots more slowly. They should be minimized, taken with meals, and ask doc about any special bleeding risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What foods dilate your blood vessels and/or increases blood flow especially for someone with reynauds?
Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels: Having more than three drinks in one sitting temporarily increases your blood pressure, but repeated binge drinking can lead to long-term increases. Heavy drinkers who cut back to moderate drinking can lower their systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by 2 to 4 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number in a blood pressure reading) by 1 to 2 mm Hg. Heavy drinkers who want to lower blood pressure should slowly reduce how much they drink over one to two weeks. Heavy drinkers who stop suddenly risk developing severe high blood pressure for several days. If you have high blood pressure, avoid alcohol or drink alcohol only in moderation. Moderate drinking is generally considered to be: Two drinks a day for men younger than age 65, One drink a day for men age 65 and older, One drink a day for women of any age. A drink is 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1. 5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof distilled spirits. Keep in mind that alcohol contains calories and may contribute to unwanted weight gain — a risk factor for high blood pressure. Also, alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness and increase the side effects of some blood pressure medications. ...Read more
Generally No: Hypertension mainly affects the blood vessels in the back of the eye in the retina. Occasionally with extreme and rapid increases in blood pressure, a small vessel can rupture in the conjunctiva over the white part of the eye (sclera) causing a dramatic red spot. Best to be checked soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When drunk on alcohol does it vasodilate or constrict your aorta and coronaries? How much does 4 pints dehydrate you?
It depends: People develop tolerance to alcohol and there are big differences in effects based on sex, age, other substances/food used etc. Alcohol generally is considered a vasodilator. I think the question is the wrong one. A better one may be: is my relationship with alcohol a healthy one? Might it be a good idea i ask for some help or find out more about the effects of alcohol on one's health. ...Read more
Several ways.: Smoking causes constriction of the blood vessels. This occurs less commonly in the veins as compared to the arteries. Smoking is one of the major risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries). In addition to this it can lead to intrinsic lung disease, which could then lead to thickening of the blood(polycythemia) which could lead to blood clots. ...Read more
No: Salt will not affect the action of medications that prevent clotting. If you are taking Coumadin there are numerous foods and medications that interact with it, and you should be aware of those. Here is a link to a helpful article. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thrombophlebitis/expert-answers/warfarin/faq-20058443 ...Read more
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