Risks vs. benefits; Akron General joi...

Risks vs. benefits; Akron General joins study of blood thinners

There are 3 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jul 1, 2008, titled Risks vs. benefits; Akron General joins study of blood thinners. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Even when used as intended, blood thinners can be risky. The drugs are essential in treating patients who have had heart attacks, strokes or blood clots.

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Ashtabula, OH

#1 Jul 4, 2008
It amazes me that after all these years, and as much education as nurses and doctors do with clients, that the improper use of the term "blood thinner" for this medication continues. Coumadin or warfarin is a medication that has absolutely nothing to do with the viscosity of the blood, but is rather an anticoagulant, that keeps the blood from clotting so quickly. If the proper education and teaching were present for this medication, it would help everyone involved to be better able to understand its usage, the importance and necessity of proper monitoring and assist in compliance with safety, diet, dosages and therapeutic follow up. In this instance, the use of the proper terminology would be of benefit to everyone and would better serve the community as a whole. The use of the improper terminology only continues to misinform the public, thus making it more difficult to instruct individuals with proper and accurate information. Thank you

Fremont, CA

#2 Jul 5, 2008
Thank you Linda.

This helped clear up some questions I had in my mind, but I am still wondering:

Does the viscosity of blood have anything to do with bloodclots? Or strokes? Or any heart condition? I am asking because my blood is physically very very "thick" and doesn't easily come out. One doctor commented just how "thick" it was and he was amazed.....

Can they measure the viscosity of blood?
Does Aspirin make the blood "thinner?"

Does it make a difference if the blood is thick, or thin?

I have noticed that even when my INR is in range, sometimes my blood just doesn't flow out in the finger prick....or when it hits the test strip it just sits there and doesn't flow into the test strip channels....

Any answers would be appreciated.
Laurie, if you read this - what's your take?

Thank you!

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