How do anticoagulants affect someone with a stroke?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Anticoagulants thin the blood and increase blood flow, which can worsen bleeding in the brain after a hemorrhagic stroke. When someone on anticoagulants has a hemorrhagic stroke, doctors must counter the effects to control bleeding. Vitamin K, blood transfusions, and other clotting substances may be given as part of treatment. Conversely, aspirin and other anticoagulants are common forms of treatment for ischemic strokes to help improve blood flow in the brain as the result of a blockage.

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