Immobility, smoking, foods rich in ‘bad’ cholesterol are components of our modern lifestyle. To this end, the majority of us risk coming down with heart attacks, strokes, or TIA. It goes without saying that certain lifestyle changes are vital for the prevention of such dramatic outcomes.
However, in the most cases, anticoagulants and antiplatelets are also required. Such drugs reduce the risk of blood clots - the reason for the diseases mentioned above. Some people also call them ‘blood thinners’. But in fact, they do not ‘thin’ your blood by any means! Instead, they prevent blood clots from blocking your normal circulation.
Though both antiplatelets and anticoagulants are prescribed in order to beat down one and the same ‘enemy’, they work in different ways.
Antiplatelets stop binding of platelets that precede the formation of blood clots.
Anticoagulants affect proteins (called factors) in your blood, which are responsible for the process of coagulation. Thus, they prevent clotting.
According to the problem, you may be prescribed either one or the both varieties.