Thick Blood: Why It's Dangerous And How To Thin It

Lifestyle & Health

March 15, 2019 14:52 By Fabiosa

Hypercoagulation is a violation of blood viscosity. Often, viscosity and density are called blood thickness.

For example, during hot weather, ARVI (increased sweating), due to the loss of body fluids, a person often suffers from the increase in hematocrit, when the levels of hemoglobin, red blood cells, and other blood components get higher than the norm. At the same time, the coagulation processes are normal, and in a person with a normal hematocrit, the coagulation of blood can be disturbed.

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Hypercoagulation has a lot of causes, depending on which anticoagulants of direct or indirect action are needed. Nutritional supplements won’t help but can enhance the effect of anticoagulant drugs, so it is worth using them with caution.

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Possible causes of hypercoagulation

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  1. Cancer.
  2. Lupus.
  3. Protein C deficiency.
  4. Protein S deficiency.
  5. Smoking.
  6. Injury of blood vessels, including atherosclerosis.
  7. Sedentary lifestyle.
  8. Overweight.
  9. Thrombophilia.
  10. Bad habits.
  11. Erythremia, hemangioma or antiphospholipid syndrome.
  12. Undergone heart surgery, with the installation of an artificial valve.
  13. Diseases of autoimmune nature.
  14. Pregnancy or oral contraceptives.

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Possible symptoms

  1. Dizziness and/or headache.
  2. Itchy skin.
  3. Lack of energy.
  4. Breathing problems.
  5. Blurred vision.
  6. High blood pressure.

Why is it dangerous?

Thick blood increases the risk of blood clots in the veins or arteries. This negatively affects blood flow. Thick blood can also cause pulmonary embolism. It is characterized by the fact that blood clots overlap one or more pulmonary arteries, and the lungs no longer receive enough oxygen.

How to thin the blood?

In no case should you self-medicate. You need to consult your doctor, get an accurate diagnosis and recommendations. If you have hypercoagulation indeed, not only medicines but also some products can help you thin the blood:

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  • turmeric (positive effect on platelets, preventing blood clots);
  • ginger (the same effect);
  • cinnamon (helps reduce blood pressure; avoid consuming too much, as it can badly affect the liver);
  • cayenne pepper (improves blood circulation);
  • foods high in vitamin E.

These products will also be helpful: lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, grapes, pomegranate, grapefruit, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, green tea, cranberry juice, dark chocolate, garlic, as well as the usual water intake. Remember, this is a serious problem, so you shouldn’t treat it carelessly and consult a doctor. Stay healthy!

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