In a recent post “Is there a natural aspirin alternative?” was the following comment by Dave1961. I added a comment but did not get much feedback so please excuse me for posting this again in the hopes of getting more.
Dave1961 comment -- The following is an article I found which does a great job describing the difference between anti-platelets and anticoagulants, the different kinds of clots and also natural substances which have antiplatelet and/or anticoagulant properties.
In the reference noted above are the following statements:
Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart, to the legs and arms, the organs in the abdomen, and the brain. Blood clots which form in arteries lead to stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke), heart attack, peripheral arterial clot and gangrene, or infarcts in the internal organs (e.g. kidney, spleen, intestine).
Veins are the blood vessels that carry blood back to the heart from the extremities, the abdomen, and the brain. Blood clots which form in the deep veins of the body lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).
Anti-platelet = potentially most effective for arterial clot prevention
Anticoagulant = potentially most effective for venous clot prevention
Fibrinolytic = aids in dissolving clots, potentially both arterial and venous
Dietary supplement category - Possible clot prevention properties (The article details how the following have an effect so please read it. )
Salicylate-containing - anti-platelet
Coumarin-containing – anticoagulant (Not warfarin but warfarin has this in it.)
Vitamin E - anti-platelet, anticoagulant
Vitamin D - anticoagulant
Fish oil (omega 3 fatty acid) - anti-platelet, fibrinolytic
Garlic - anti-platelet
Nattokinase - fibrinolytic
Evening prime rose oil - anti-platelet, anticoagulant
Lumbrokinase - fibrinolytic
It is my understanding that AF has the potential to cause arterial clots. Many people in this forum encourage anticoagulant use and so do doctors. If the statements above are true and anticoagulants are recommended for AF, am I to assume the blood in the atria is considered "vein" blood and not "artery" blood even though it is "artery" blood that causes strokes? I am probably missing something.