Health Tip: Prevent Bleeding While Taking a Blood Thinner

-- 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.

Posted: August 2011


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