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- While anticoagulants are important for preventing dangerous blood clots, they increase the risk of excessive bleeding.
- Future blood thinners may no longer increase the risk of bleeding if further studies confirm the potential of a new compound.
- Rather than target all clotting pathways to prevent thrombosis, the new compound strategically targets just one, so clotting continues but without a bleeding risk or toxicity.
Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, break down and prevent blood clots, semi-solid clumps of blood cells, and other substances that can block blood flow. However, anticoagulants can do their job too well, preventing clotting altogether and resulting in excessive external or internal bleeding.
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