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Why would a patient be on blood thinner for high heart rate?

Why would a patient be on blood thinner for high heart rate?

Not for heart rate: Blood thinners don't really affect heart rate. Drugs like Coumadin (warfarin) (a powerful blood thinner) would be given to someone with a high risk of blood clots. Certain heart rhythm problems are significant risk factors for getting blood clots. Aspirin is also a blood thinner and is used to prevent heart attacks. The blood thinners are probably being given for one of these reasons. ...Read more

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Blood Thinners (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Afib 3 days. No prior history. High heart rate & BP while hospitalized. Cardiolgst said didnt nd blood thinner bt risk of clot/stroke has me worried?

Afib 3 days. No prior history. High heart rate & BP while hospitalized. Cardiolgst said didnt nd blood thinner bt risk of clot/stroke has me worried?

You calculate risk: You can calculate your own risk: http://www.mdcalc.com/cha2ds2-vasc-score-for-atrial-fibrillation-stroke-risk/ I suspect, because you're so young and male, that you'll find your risk is too low to justify anticoagulation. Remember, thinning your blood carries risk too, so your doctor balances one risk against the other. ...Read more

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Would a high heart rate cause false reading on an electronic blood pressure machine?

Would a high heart rate cause false reading on an electronic blood pressure machine?

Heart rate: High heart rate is unlikely to cause a false high reading but might cause a lower reading because of small stroke volume with tachycardia. Chronic blood pressure evaluation should be done with resting heart rate and equilibrium status. ...Read more

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I have high heart rate and normal blood pressure, what to do?

I have high heart rate and normal blood pressure, what to do?

High heart rate: Need to know what is your heart rate? If it is more than normal range then need any ekg to see any arrhythmias. If it is sinus tachycardia, it could be from anxiety or pain or hyperthyroidism or hypovolemia or fever etc. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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How can one deal with high heart rate and high red blood cell count?

How can one deal with high heart rate and high red blood cell count?

High HR & RBC count: Consult your primary care doctor to find the cause & treat that. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low blood pressure but a high heart rate?

What does it mean when you have low blood pressure but a high heart rate?

Need evaluation: Elevation in heart rate can be a compensatory change in the setting of low blood pressures. Cause cannot be determined without knowning the actual readings and without a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing high heart rate (100+ while lying down) and high blood pressure (150/101 at times) all night. Unable to sleep.

I have been experiencing high heart rate (100+ while lying down) and high blood pressure (150/101 at times) all night. Unable to sleep.

See doctor asap: This heart rate and blood pressure are not normal. You need to see your doctor as soon as possible to have your blood pressure treated and to find out why your heart rate is soon high. Please see doctor today or tomorrow if possible. In the mean time avoid all salt or salty foods, drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine and rest until you can be seen. ...Read more

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Anticoagulant (Definition)

Anticoagulants are any of a variety of drugs which decrease the body's ability to make or sustain blood clots. They fall, generally, into two categories. Drugs like Aspirin and clopidogrel (plavix) prevent platelets from forming the initial stages of a clot. Drugs like warfarin (coumadin) and dabigatran (pradaxa) block the later process ...Read more


Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more