What is really blood thinning medicine?

Millions of people world wide are use blood thinning agents on a daily basis in order to treat a disease or prevent one.  These are vital medications for those who use them, but they are not to be underestimated. So what is it that they really do? As the name suggests, they affect our blood in a way that makes it less “sticky” and not in fact thinner.

Blood Cells on white background

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Most people will get a bruise or a wound  growing up, and the small superficial wounds will heal themselves. Very early in the healing process the wound is “clogged” with coagulated  blood. This clogging is mechanism to defend t he body, but in some cases it can be harmful, e.g when a blood clot is formed.A blood clot will have many of the same components as a crust on a wound and, like most crusts, most blood clots may disappear as they simply dissolve back in the blood.

Most blood clots then become completely harmless, but if you are unlucky the blood clot can go to the brain

3d illustration of a blood clot, thrombus or embolus with coagulated red and white blood cells, platelets and clotting factors trapped in an insoluble fibrin network in the blood vessels of the body

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or to the lungs and this might be life threatening. The blood thinning medications help existing blood clots to dissolve and prevent them from forming new ones. The risk associated with these medications is that bleeding may occur.

We at WMC wanted to focus on blood thinning drugs just because so many people use them and that they are both vital and dangerous at the same time. As with any other medical treatments, it is important to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. Should you travel away, either domestic or abroad, this is one of those medications for which it is important for you to have a plan around. Both in case you should lose your tablets, or you get sick and you must go to hospital. It is important that you talk to your doctor if you have any questions regarding blood thinning agents.