What drugs are used to clot blood? Does aspirin affect blood clotting?

What about blood clotting medication?

The most important agent to decrease blood clotting is aspirin. It is usually recommended that people who have had a heart attack take either a half or a full aspirin or what used to be called a baby aspirin daily to prevent abnormal clumping together of the blood platelets, the small elements in the blood that play a key role in clotting. Clumping is a preliminary step to forming a blood clot, and blood clots can cause problems, including heart attacks, if they form in the coronary arteries.
Treatment with blood clotting medications other than aspirin, such as warfarin, has to be very carefully supervised by your physician, with blood tests done every few weeks to be sure you are getting the right dose. Major interactions with food can occur with some blood clotting medications, because some foods and some vitamin supplements contain a powerful vitamin, vitamin K, that is part of the blood clotting mechanism. If you eat more or less of this vitamin, you may need to change the level of your medication. Tell your health professional if you are eating some foods high in vitamin K, like greens which are very good for you or taking a supplement containing vitamin K, and that you intend to keep their levels fairly constant.


• best sources: green leafy vegetables, especially cabbage-family members like broccoli, cabbage, and turnip greens; lettuce; liver.

•fortified cereals and meal replacements (like Ensure or Boost)

•smaller amounts: yogurt and other cultured milks, other milk products, other vegetables, fruits, cereals, eggs, and meat.


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