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Blood Thinners: Uses and Side Effects

Monday, 06 Jan 2014 12:02 AM

A blood thinner or anticoagulant helps to prevent the formation of blood clots. This reduces the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure. A blood thinner is a medication with the ability to reduce coagulation of blood. Blood clots can prevent blood flow to vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain. Blood thinner medication may include anticoagulants like warfarin, heparin, and dabigatran. Doctors may recommend these prescription medications to prevent blood clots to patients of hypertension. Your doctor is the best person to advise which of these prescription medications should be used.

Please remember that these medications can cause side effects if taken in excess. Blood thinner medications are administered intravenously or in the form of injections or tablets. Among side effects of blood thinners, the most dangerous is that they may cause excessive bleeding.
 
Uses

A blood thinner is used to prevent the quick formation of blood clots. In the body, blood clots can block blood vessels and the flow of blood. A blood thinner reduces blood clots and prevents the formation of new blood clots. A medication to prevent blood clots can reduce the time taken for the formation of blood clots. Moreover, a medication to prevent blood clots prevents blood cells from clumping and being stuck in veins and arteries. Blood clots cause severe health risks including heart attack, hypertension, and strokes. Prescription of a blood-thinning medication helps in preventing these serious medical conditions. A blood-thinner agent may be used after surgeries like those involving the aortic valve replacement. Blood thinners can reduce the risk of heart-related problems like hypertension and heart attack.
 
Side Effects

Any medication, if not taken in the prescription-determined amount, can cause side effects. The side effects of blood thinners include unstanched bleeding. Since the formation of blood clots takes longer, there may be excessive blood loss from even a minor injury. Various other side effects of using blood thinners include unusual headaches, chest pain, blood in the stools or in vomit, heavy bleeding during periods for women, severe back pain, weakness, nosebleeds, or coughing up blood. These side effects are common after taking the blood thinner called warfarin. Side effects of heparin include hair loss and abnormal blood platelets, but these side effects are caused only on excessive consumption of heparin. Excessive warfarin can cause side effects like diarrhea, vomiting, rashes, and nausea.

Patients on hypertension medication should immediately contact their doctor in case of any serious bleeding. Doctor can decrease the risk of bleeding after monitoring the patients and recommend the balanced prescription of blood thinner medications that reduces the risk of excessive bleeding while ensuring the prevention of blood clots.

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A recommended prescription of blood thinners prevents blood clots, reducing the risk of hypertension and heart attacks. However, excessive intake of such medication can have serious side effects.
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