Health Tip: Prevent Bleeding While Taking a Blood
(HealthDay News) -- Blood-thinning drugs are prescribed to help
prevent clots that could cause heart attack or stroke. But these
drugs can also increase the risk of heavy or prolonged
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests how
to reduce your risk of bleeding while taking a blood-thinning
- Be very careful when using scissors, knives or nail
- Shave with an electric razor.
- Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use waxed dental
- Always wear shoes outside and slippers with non-skid bottoms or
shoes inside the house.
- Never trim calluses or corns yourself.
- Avoid using toothpicks.
- Use gloves when working in the yard or using sharp tools.
- Don't participate in sports or activities with a high risk of
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