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“Blood Thinners”: Popular Misconceptions

“Blood Thinners”: Popular Misconceptions

Physicians often use non-medical words to describe medications or medical conditions.  One of the most widely used is the term “blood thinners.”  This generally encompasses a variety of drugs that alter the tendency of blood to clot, and includes antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants (also known as antithrombotics).  We call these agents blood thinners because—in decreasing the tendency of blood to…

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