Can upper GI bleeding be prevented?

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Since upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding happens when another issue is present, the prevention lies in managing the causes of upper GI bleeding. Many of the common causes of upper GI bleeding are preventable, or at least manageable, such as ulcers and gastric reflux. Being mindful that drugs like aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and blood-thinners that you need to take for another reason could cause upper GI bleeding can help you to avoid it in the future. Avoiding alcohol, especially when taking medications, will prevent further damage to the GI tract. Your doctor is the best person to talk to about your current health and the steps you can take to treat existing conditions to prevent upper GI bleeding.

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