Anticoagulants

Anticoagulants help prevent the formation of harmful blood clots in the legs, lungs, brain and heart.

How do Anticoagulants function? 

Anticoagulants work by interrupting the process involved in the formation of blood clots. They’re sometimes called “blood-thinning” medicines, although they don’t actually make the blood thinner.

Some people can’t take anticoagulants, because they have a higher risk of having a serious problem if bleeding occurs. For example, you may have a higher risk of bleeding if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, have kidney or liver disease, or drink large amounts of alcohol.

There are natural anticoagulants. These are substances that reduce the blood’s ability to form clots.

Some foods and other substances that may act as natural blood thinners and help reduce the risk of clots include the following:

  1. Turmeric
  2. Ginger
  3. Cayenne peppers
  4. Vitamin E
  5. Garlic
  6. Cassia cinnamon
  7. Ginkgo biloba
If you are a heart patient who is taking blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin®), you need to be careful not to overdo vitamin K. Blood thinners are often prescribed for people at risk for developing harmful blood clots.
Precaution while taking Anticoagulants
Because you are taking a blood thinner, you should try not to hurt yourself and cause bleeding. You need to be careful when you use knives, scissors, razors, or any sharp object that can make you bleed. You also need to avoid activities and sports that could cause injury. Swimming and walking are safe activities.
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