Jim asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 1 month ago

Can you use Blood Thinners in the treatment of Takayasu or Giant Cell Arteritis? ?

These conditions basically swell the inside of the blood vessels so that space for blood to pass through gets smaller and smaller. I also know that the treatment is corticosteroids and surgery (if it gets bad enough). But is it possible to add a blood thinner to the regiment to help allow blood to pass through easier? 

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  • 1 month ago

    Jim, This is a question that must be answered by a real doctor.

    Giant Cell Arteritis is a SERIOUS issue that will lead to blindness unless properly treated.

    Blood "thinners" do NOT make the blood thinner. The name is a misnomer. Blood thinners simply reduce the ability of the blood to clot, but they do not reduce its viscosity or "thickness."

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