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Health Tip: Prevent Bleeding While Taking a Blood Thinner

Health Tip: Prevent Bleeding While Taking a Blood Thinner

08/11/11

(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 bleeding.

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests how to reduce your risk of bleeding while taking a blood-thinning drug:

  • Be very careful when using scissors, knives or nail clippers.
  • Shave with an electric razor.
  • Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use waxed dental floss.
  • 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 injury.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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