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Anticoagulant Medicines: Blood Thinners
Some people with heart failure need anticoagulant medicines (commonly called blood thinners). These medicines help prevent blood clots.
People with heart failure (and their families) should receive specific instructions about caring for themselves while on a blood thinner. They should also be monitored carefully by a doctor or nurse.
If you take a blood thinner, be sure to ask your doctor or nurse about:
- Any activities you should avoid.
- Having your blood checked regularly.