Blood Thrombosis

A thrombosis is the making of a clot inside a blood vessel. It can then break loose and then obstruct a vessel in the circulatory system.
1. If a blood thrombosis breaks off and effects the heart of course you end up with a heart attack.
2. If a blood thrombosis breaks off and effects the arteries in the head you will end up with a stroke.
3. If a blood thrombosis breaks off and effects the arteries going to the lungs you will end up with a pulmonary (lung) embolism.

A blood thrombosis is scary and can happen to anyone. Yes it is important to control your modifiable risk factors. Keeping your blood pressure controlled, having good nutrition habits to keep your blood healthy and get your daily medicine of exercise are important to prevent blood thrombosis.

Medications can be an option to keep your blood thin. Of course we have all heard about aspirin. Yes aspirin is a blood thinner that can minimize the risk of blood thrombosis. If you do have heart problems then there is also plavix (clopidogrel) and warfarin (coumadin). You can see our blog post on aspirin for stroke, which talks about a trial comparing warfarin and aspirin in reducing the risk of stroke. The concern with warfarin or coumadin is that yes it thins the blood but patients have to get regular blood tests to make sure that you are taking the correct amount of medication. If you are taking too much, you will bleed too easily. If you are not taking enough, you will be at risk for more blood clots.

It is really important to talk to your heart specialist and healthcare team to decide the best course of action to avoid blood thrombosis. Truly look objectively at what is the best option. Try to have essential time with your team to discuss all options. There are a lot of foods that have natural blood thinning effects. Talk to your heart health experts and reduce your risk of blood thrombosis.

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