Let’s stop “thinning the blood”BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4114 (Published 15 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4114
- Paul Woodmansey, consultant cardiologist, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Stafford, UK
Coumarin anticoagulant drugs have been used in medicine since the 1940s,1 although the first recorded human administration of warfarin seems to have been a suicide attempt in 1952.2 Similarly, the role of aspirin as an antiplatelet agent has been long established, and several newer anticoagulant drugs have entered the market over the years.
Although I was surprised to learn that in ponies with navicular disease warfarin has been shown to reduce plasma viscosity, …
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