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Treating Blood Clots


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Blood clotting is a process that is triggered by the brain aimed at stopping the bleeding. It starts when blood comes into contact with thrombogenic substances.

Clotting is designed to be a precaution against any fatal incidence arising from uncontrolled bleeding. However, it is a bad thing when the clots form on some parts like the veins or the arterial wall. Many factors are attributed to the blood clots.

Here are some ways on how you can treat blood clots using blood thinners:

When bleeding starts, a trigger is sent and the process of coagulation kicks off. The final product of this process is formation of a blood clot. It is however not healthy when the veins and arteries get injured and clotting takes place. Clots formed in the small veins which are close to the skin are less dangerous compared to the most inner ones.

Common symptoms of clotting are redness of the skin, and pain and swelling around the skin. Little treatment is required for this one. if it occurs on the larger veins, it is more fatal and can cause serious damage to other body parts if unattended. If the blood travels to the lung it can cause pulmonary embolism or worse still cause stroke if it gets to the brain and other parts of the body.

Good circulation of blood from the heart to other parts of the body and back to the heart is paramount and should happen with no disruptions. However, when the heart operations of pumping the blood are interrupted by clogged arteries as a result of accumulated cholesterol, it slows the rate at which the blood flows to other parts which is not good to the brain.

High cholesterol in the diet and obese individuals are more prone. In other cases, the heart is forced to work harder, consequently causing damage to the arteries and thereafter clots form around the veins and arteries and the result is obvious.

Seeking medication from a health institution is the best treatment you can have for clotting. You will be put on anticoagulant medicines which are also known as blood thinners. They inhibit the formation and growth of existing clots and even slow down the time taken by blood to clot.

It is also recommended that you avoid sitting for long hours and constantly walk to increase circulation of blood. Losing weight and exercising is helpful as it lowers the blood pressure. You should also avoid smoking at all cost.

Treatment is largely determined by the type and cause of the clot. Heparin and warfarin are used for treatment. They work by inhibiting the formation and growth of existing clots. Heparin works within some minutes and is injected in the body system in the hospitals.

Both medicines are cheap although they have side effects which leaves one with headaches, bleeding, hair loss and other effects. It is important that you change your lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising more. Taking blood thinners to treat clotting is the ultimate answer. It is fast and most reliable form of treatment.

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