Blood Clotting Disorders Review
Blood clotting is one of the body’s mechanisms for repairing damage. When you get cut, a clot forms to stop the bleeding. If you get a nick or tear inside one of your blood vessels, the same thing happens. When the body is healed and the clot is no longer needed, your body breaks down the clot. In people with blood clotting disorders, this mechanism goes awry. Clots can spontaneously form and block blood vessels or travel to major organs triggering life threatening situations like heart attacks or strokes. Deep Vein Thrombosis (clotting in legs) or pulmonary embolism (a clot in lungs) could also develop.
Modern medicine recognizes two major categories of blood clotting disorders, inherited and acquired.
Genetic clotting disorders are passed down from one generation to another. Normally these conditions could only be managed and not cured completely. WebMD suggests that these disorders could be a result of several factors, gene mutations, low levels of blood proteins and high levels of other compounds in blood. Among inherited blood clotting disorders in patients the necessity to take blood thinning medications for life is very high.
Acquired clotting disorders are the result of a condition or disease. Smoking, being hospitalized, getting major surgery, being pregnant or obese contribute to this problem. Diseases that cause blood clotting disorders include bone marrow disorders, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, vasculitis, atherosclerosis, diabetes, heart failure, and metabolic syndrome. Inflammatory diseases like lupus can also cause clotting problems. Blood with an overabundance of red cells is sometimes referred to as thick blood and is more prone to clotting. Hypercoagulation is a very serious health condition that requires careful examination.
People with these disorders are often required to take medication to prevent blood clotting. While they may be tempted to use natural blood thinners to manage their clotting, extreme care should be taken. Vitamin E, tree ear mushrooms, fish oil, dong quai, feverfew, ginkgo, ginger and garlic have some blood thinning properties. One of cayenne pepper benefits is to reduce inflammation so that blood can flow more freely and is therefore less likely to clot. If you use these natural approaches and also take your medication you are at risk for dangerous, excessive bleeding. If you simply stop your blood thinners in favor of the natural approach you could have a clot that causes a stroke, heart attack, kidney or other organ failure. Remember that blood clotting disorders can be life threatening, so you must work in close partnership with your doctor in order to manage these disorders.
In addition to foods that thin blood, there are a host of foods that contain high levels of vitamin K, a natural blood coagulant. Consuming high amounts of green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and mustard greens along with cabbage could potentially negate the effects of your blood thinning medications. Keeping natural vitamin K consumption at a constant level will help your doctor keep your blood clot free.