Health Check To Determine Blood Thickness?
Good morning doctor. I have been consuming Garlic capsules for several months now. A day I consume it 2x a day after eating, sometimes 1x a day. I am 43 years old and a smoker. My questions: 1. Is Garlic capsules (per capsule 3 mg, according to the packaging equivalent to 1500 mg of pure garlic) effective for preventing coagulation or even blood clots? I ask this because at one time, my finger was injured (not a large wound) but the blood that came out quickly dried up. Though I think it, because I consume Garlic capsules, the blood will be difficult to dry.2. What simple medical examination (in the lab) can determine blood viscosity? And what parameters must be seen in the inspection? 3. From the examination, it turns out the blood viscosity is above normal but for example it is not too severe, what should be consumed to overcome it? Can consumption of supplements such as omega 3 or 6 capsules, or vitamin E, have a positive effect? Thank you in advance for the answer.
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. First it needs to be understood about what is meant by thick blood. When a wound or damage to a blood vessel occurs, the blood carries out a mechanism for stopping certain blood by clotting so that the bleeding stops. This condition is normal and even we need blood clots if you want to heal from the wound.
Conditions where there is blood clots, even when there are no injuries or conditions where clots are needed, are referred to as thick blood, or what in medical terms is called hypercoagulability. This condition can be dangerous, because if a clot goes to the brain it can become a stroke, if it goes to the heart it can become a heart attack, and if it goes to the lungs it can become a pulmonary embolism.
So regarding your question, this has nothing to do with your wound that dries quickly. Because if your wound dries slowly, you might actually have a blood clotting factor disorder, or diabetes. If you are normal, then your wound should heal according to the time. To find out whether it is normal or whether there is potential for thick blood in yourself, tests that can be done are PT and APTT tests, platelet coagulation / aggregation tests, and D-Dimer tests. From the lab results will be easily seen, if your numbers are not normal, or above normal, then you have the possibility of experiencing blood coagulation.
For this condition, if you get abnormal results, our advice is to consult a doctor of internal medicine to find out the possible causes and the best treatment. As for foods that can help thin the blood, or reduce blood clotting by the body, including ginger, foods that contain vitamin E such as almonds and whole wheat, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, mackerel, tuna, salmon and ginkgo biloba.
But the note is that even if you eat these foods, these foods only serve as additional therapy in the form of lifestyle changes, but you still need to see yourself to the doctor, so that the main causes can also be detected and treated, such as obesity, high cholesterol, smoking, rarely exercise, drug side effects or heredity. In addition to these foods, lifestyle can be improved also by avoiding cigarettes, regular exercise, and increase consumption of water. So, hopefully answering your question.