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What are blood thinners?

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Blood thinners are a type of medication doctors call anticoagulants. They help stop your blood from thickening or clotting. They don't actually thin your blood; they simply interrupt your body's natural clotting process.

SOURCES:

Biomolecules & Therapeutics : “New Anticoagulants for the Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism.”

British National Health Service: “Anticoagulant medicines.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada: “Anticoagulants.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH),” “Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs),” “Vitamin K and Coumadin -- What You Need To Know.”

Thrombosis and Haemostasis: “Reversal of anticoagulants: an overview of current developments.”

Western Journal of Emergency Medicine : “Anticoagulation Drug Therapy: A Review.”

UpToDate: “Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and parenteral direct-acting anticoagulants: Dosing and adverse effects.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on March 25, 2020

SOURCES:

Biomolecules & Therapeutics : “New Anticoagulants for the Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism.”

British National Health Service: “Anticoagulant medicines.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada: “Anticoagulants.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH),” “Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs),” “Vitamin K and Coumadin -- What You Need To Know.”

Thrombosis and Haemostasis: “Reversal of anticoagulants: an overview of current developments.”

Western Journal of Emergency Medicine : “Anticoagulation Drug Therapy: A Review.”

UpToDate: “Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and parenteral direct-acting anticoagulants: Dosing and adverse effects.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on March 25, 2020

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