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Hi, my name is Dr Warrick Bishop and I'm a cardiologist. Look, I'd just like to take a moment to talk about blood thinners.
It's a conversation that comes up regularly. I have patients who take Warfarin, which you may have heard of, a blood thinner and some of the new noacs. Novel oral anticoagulants or non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants. People say to me, well, I'd like to take Warfarin because it has an antidote. Well, they're feeling or what they've been told is that vitamin K reverses warfarin. Of course, that antidote is no good at all if you're in a major motor vehicle accident or if you need urgent surgery because it takes at least six to twelve hours for the body to replenish the factors that warfarin blocks. So, no, Warfarin doesn't really have an antidote. There is an antidote to Pradaxa or Dabigatran, which we can literally squirt in it blocks the agent and reverses it. But all the others pretty well need infusion of blood products to replace what the body needs to clot. Don't be fooled. Ask questions. Get good information.
I've done a podcast on the very same topic below. So I wish you the very best. Keep on your tablets. Keep looking after yourself. Please don't die from a heart attack. I wish you the very best. Goodbye.
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