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The Low Down on Blood Thinners

What are they? Blood thinners are drugs prescribed by doctors to individuals with or at high risk of certain types of heart diseases, particularly involving vascular occlusions (blockage of blood vessels) and blood clots (thrombus). They are categorized into two groups, namely; Antiplatelets Anticoagulants Anticoagulants delay the time it takes for the blood to form clots. Examples include drugs such as heparin (Liquemin) and warfarin (Coumadin). They  Other examples of anticoagulants are acenocoumarol, phenindione, dabigatran, and rivaroxaban. These are older types of anticoagulants. The newer types include dabigatran (Pradaxa) and rivaroxaban (Xarelto). Antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin prevent platelets from coming together to form a clot. What are they used for? Blood thinners are used to prevent heart attacks, stroke...

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Tips to Stop Bleeding Fast

Let’s face it: nicks, cuts and scrapes are a part of life. But when they happen, it can be painful, inconvenient, and sometimes even panic-inducing — especially if you’re on blood thinners. Below are tips, tricks and home remedies to stop bleeding fast. THE BASICS Apply pressure first! Most nicks and cuts should stop bleeding completely from pressure alone. To do this, simply press a clean cloth (tissue or gauze) to the wound and hold it there firmly for a few minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after five minutes.. HOME REMEDIES ANTIPERSPIRANT Most deodorants contain alumunium which can cause the tissue to contract to help stop blood flow. Rub the stick directly on your cut, or smear some onto...

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