Pages tagged: blood thinners

A Guide to Medicines

This section of the Heart Information Center describes in detail many different types of medicines your doctor might prescribe for you to treat (or help prevent) heart disease or cardiovascular-related conditions.


Although anticoagulants are called blood thinners, these medicines do not really thin your blood. Instead, they decrease the blood's ability to clot. Decreased clotting keeps fewer harmful blood clots from forming and from blocking blood vessels.


 What is aspirin? Aspirin is a type of medicine called a salicylate. Aspirin is used to reduce pain, inflammation (swelling),...

Antiplatelet Therapy

What is antiplatelet therapy? Antiplatelets are a group of medicines that stop blood cells (called platelets) from sticking together and...