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Three Benefits of Blood Thinners People Over 50 Ned to Be Aware Of

Are you over the age of 50? If so, it may be a good idea to start taking blood thinners such as Warfarin, Coumadin, Eliquis or Pradaxa. When used to prevent blood clots, blood thinners can have a number of positive effects on women and especially men over the age of 50, helping to improve your overall well-being and prevent a number of potentially fatal conditions. Taking a blood thinner is easy to incorporate in your daily routine, often requiring you to only take it once a day. While there are both prescription and over-the-counter blood thinners like aspirin available, you should never take a blood thinner without first consulting

a doctor about it. Because every patient is different, it may not be safe for you to do so. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of blood thinners, here are the three benefits of blood thinners people over 50 need to be aware of.

One of the more obvious benefits of blood thinners is that it can improve blood circulation. As you get older, blood flow in the veins and arteries is often not as good as used to be. You may feel this as you get older when you experience fatigue, dizziness and memory loss. Many individuals will suffer from a variety of symptoms due to the lack of blood circulation to the limbs and other areas of the body - many symptoms of which you may have already noticed in your daily life. The most common symptom of poor circulation is tingling or numbness in the feet, hands or toes, and sometimes even swelling. It can also affect your usual skin temperature, making your hands or legs feel cold to the touch. Headaches, hair loss, and dry skin can all occur as a result of poor circulation too. Many people over the age of 50 with poor circulation develop varicose veins which are protruding veins that can be easily spotted on the legs or hands. Taking blood thinners can reduce the occurrence of many these symptoms.

Another benefit of blood thinners, particularly prescriptions strength blood thinners, is that they can prevent blood clots that can form when blood circulation is poor. As these blood clots form in the body, they can travel through the veins and arteries. And while a clot itself may not be cause for concern, if the blood clot is large to block blood flow to the heart or brain, the consequences could be dire. While blood clots traveling blocking blood flow to the heart can result in a heart attack, clots traveling to the brain may result in a stroke. Both conditions are potentially fatal, or at the very least can lead to severe impairment. Therefore, taking a blood thinner regularly can prevent both heart attack and stroke by preventing clots from forming or becoming larger. 

One benefit that many people are not aware of is that blood thinners can reduce cancer risk in individuals over the age of 50.  Studies have found that taking drugs like warfarin reduces overall cancer risk by 16 percent, while reducing breast cancer risk by 10 percent and lung cancer risk by 20 percent. Men may especially benefit from taking warfarin as it has been found to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by a whopping 31 percent. However, it is important to note that warfarin is not typically prescribed for this purpose, as it is meant for addressing heart attack and stroke symptoms. But if you need to take these medications, reduced cancer risk may be an added benefit.