Ramakant Panda, a Mumbai-based Asian Heart Institute chief cardiovascular thoracic surgeon, VC and MD doctor, says that the Covid infection causes blood clot formation in various parts of the patient’s body. To prevent this, patients suffering from COVID infection need to take anticoagulants. Along with giving the reason for giving blood thinner medicine, he has also given this information, for whom it is necessary and who does not need it…
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Doctor Panda says that the duration of anticoagulants depends on the serious symptoms of Covid and the patients’ pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease, brain stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, etc. Therefore, the patient should consult a doctor before taking any medicine.
The patient should take the medicines only on the basis of the prescription of a specialist doctor such as infectious disease specialist or pulmonologist or medical specialist etc., rather than taking anticoagulants by themselves.
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Why blood thinner drugs are used
While talking about blood thinners, Dr. Atul Limaye, Interventional Cardiologist at Fortis Hospital Mulund, says that blood thinners are truly anti-platelet agents. Their role is to prevent blood clot formation on the rough surface of blood cells (atherogenic plaque).
This medicine is widely used in patients with heart and diabetes. Because COVID-19 has very high thrombo embolism phenomena (blood clotting). This problem is very dangerous for those who are already victims of diseases such as heart attack, paralytic attack / stroke etc. So to avoid these, we are using blood thinner medicines.
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Dr.’s warning on self-prescription
Dr. Limaye warns people against self-prescription, because doing so can be dangerous for them. He says that in COVID19 we are using a combination of anti-platelet and anti-clotting agents but this is a specific duration that relies on blood reports such as D-dimer and fibrinogen.
Many people have some abnormalities in their clotting mechanisms, and regardless of whether they consume these drugs on their own, they may suffer bleeding function at some point.
Who needs a blood thinner?
According to Dr. Panda, people who are on a blood thinner for pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, heart valve disease, or stroke, should continue taking blood thinners during COVID treatment and even after COVID. People who have swelling marks that can clot blood clots in their body and in such a situation it is necessary to give a thinner to thin their blood.
However, only a doctor will prescribe it, not that the patient starts taking it on his own. On the other hand, if a patient is normal and does not have any disease like heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease etc. then they do not need blood thinner. However, always remember to consult your doctor for the exact treatment.
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