What Is Blood Thinner?

Blood thinners are medicines that help blood flow smoothly through your veins and arteries. They also keep blood clots from forming or getting bigger. They’re used to treat some types of heart disease and heart defects, and other conditions that could raise your risk of getting dangerous clots.

They can protect against heart attacks and strokes. But they also come with risks: For example, they’ll cause you to bleed more than usual when you cut yourself.

The lifesaving benefits of these drugs often outweigh the potential dangers. Still, it’s important to learn about both before you start taking them.

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