Blood-thinner: A common name for an anticoagulant agent used to prevent the formation of blood clots. Blood-thinners do not really thin the blood. They prevent it from clotting.
Blood-thinners (anticoagulants) have various uses. Some are used for the prophylaxis (prevention) of thromboembolic disorders; others are used for the treatment of thromboembolism. (Thrombi are clots. Emboli are clots that break free, travel through the bloodstream, and lodge in a vessel.) The anticoagulant drugs used for these clinical purposes include:
Anticoagulant solutions are also used for the preservation of stored whole blood and blood fractions. These anticoagulants include heparin and acid citrate dextrose (commonly called ACD).
Anticoagulants are also used to keep laboratory blood specimens from clotting. These agents include not only heparin but also several agents that make calcium ions unavailable to the clotting process and so prevent the formation of clots; these agents include ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (commonly called EDTA), citrate, oxalate and fluoride.
A look at warfarin, which goes by the brand name Coumadin, and other blood thinners used to treat heart disease.
A blood thinner is used to stop blood from clotting. Often used to prevent strokes, a blood thinner can be dangerous if...
However, even if you have never suffered a stroke, but are at risk of getting one, you are likely to be taking a blood thinner. Here is a list of the most ...
This guide educates people about blood thinners. ... The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers a free booklet and a video about blood thinner medicines.
Talk to your doctor about your medical history before you start taking a blood thinner. The risks of taking the medicine need to be weighed against its benefits.