Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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The Dangers of 'Thick Blood'

Thursday, 19 January 2012 09:48 AM

Question: I’ve been told that I have “thick blood” and must take drugs to make sure I don’t get blood clots. What can you tell me about this condition? Must I stay on the drugs for the rest of my life?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Blood shouldn’t clot when it’s just moving through the body. If blood tends to clot too much, it is referred to as hypercoagulable state or thrombophilia. So, you carry an increased risk for blood clots developing in your blood vessels. There are many causes for this condition, and anticoagulant medications are prescribed for this condition. Your doctor will be able to identify the cause and let you know if you need to take it life-long and advice you on the benefits and risks of these medications.

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I've been told I have "thick blood." Do I need to stay on blood-thinning drugs for the rest of my life.
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