You're basically having to make a choice with a certain amount of pot-
luck here. You could take an aspirin and it might well save your life if
it's a block, but might well kill you if it's a bleed. Question is, what
is your overall health profile like? Which is it most likely to be for
your profile type? And how lucky do you feel today, punk?
Anticoagulants do *not* thin the blood. I'm amazed how many
people in the medical profession propagate this myth.
Anticoagulants either interfere with the platelets normal
reaction to a cut or injury, where they literally stick together
and plug the damage (Aspirin), or they act on the
clotting mechanism that follows on from the initial
wound and slow down or intefere with the intermediate
steps that result in strands of polymerised fibrin
getting intermeshed with the platelet plug (Warfarin and
Neither aspirin, nor warfarin have any effect on your
blood viscosity, but if your normal red cell count is
at the top end of normal then this will increase the blood
viscosity which is another added risk factor as you age.
People whose age, lifestyle or genetics results in the
deposition of the wrong sort of cholesterol along the
walls of their blood vessels are at risk from strokes
when blood platelets and white cells get stuck on
these adhesions, ultimately causing a stroke.
Think fatbergs in the sewers with added wetwipes and
tampons and you've got the picture.
I would suggest having a blood count to see what your
own normal white cell and platelet counts are.
If you are the sort of person where your normal levels
are near the top end of the normal range then I would
be tempted to suggest that you are more at risk from
strokes and/or heart disease. So even more important
to avoid getting overweight or smoking.
Keep snakes ?.
Notably the breed that is used to manufacture the
snake venom clot-busting drugs that are (or used
to be) used by the NHS.
Other than avoiding smoking, and getting overweight
all you can do is get enough exercise and eat proper
food. Administering clot busting drugs is not DIY,
even if you were still actually able to consider it.
A quarter of a standard aspirin a day (75 mg) might
help, plus beetroot juice for those who aren't repulsed
by the taste.
Eating fermented soya beans (Natto) might be beneficial
according to Kate Quilton on C4 Food Unwrapped.
Some years ago I had a heart attack. The only difference between a heart
attack and a stroke is where the clot cuts off the blood. anyway after
very thorough examination I was found to have the arteries and heart of
a much younger man, it was a puzzle. Then my heart started beating an
irregular rhythm, this it seems was the cause. I was put on Warfarin,
which was a PITA. after while they changed it to Dabitran, which was
much less intrusive. I have no idea when the heart "miss beats"
Incidentally as soon as I got into the ambulance they gave me asprin.
That is because heart attacks are a heart struggling to get enough oxygen
from the blood supply and normally this is due to a clot or a blockage due
to furring up, but in the brain if a blood vessel punctures and bleeds it
can cut of circulation but also floods the area with blood, if you have a
blood thinner stopping the blead is far harder. See my other post. My mother
died of a bleed, after a stroke so you cannot win sometimes, if the chips
are down, its all a lottery.
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