Those who use blood thinners should be careful when consuming cherries


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Those who use blood thinners should be careful when consuming cherries

Reminding that due to the blood-thickening effect of the coronavirus, blood thinners, especially aspirin, are recommended by physicians in this period, Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Nuri Kurtoğlu warned that excessive consumption of cherries while using these drugs may cause unexpected bleeding.

  • Those who use blood thinners should be careful when consuming cherries

Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Nuri Kurtoğlu said, “Fruits with a high salicylic acid content, red fruits such as cherries, cranberries, blueberries, sour cherries, oranges, and tangerines, which are widely used in winter, and pineapple also have blood-thinning properties. These can cause stomach and urinary tract bleeding, as well as more fatal intracranial hemorrhages.


Underlining that people using these drugs should ask their physicians which fruits they can and cannot eat, Prof. Dr. Nuri Kurtoğlu, While consuming these fruits, it is necessary to choose the sizes very carefully and to avoid excessive consumption. Some vegetables also contain blood thinners. If we need to classify these vegetables, turmeric, ginger, thyme, mint… How much blood thinners dilute the blood can be predicted with periodic blood tests. I recommend that people who consume these fruits and vegetables have their check-ups done at more frequent intervals. Urine and stomach bleeding, changes in the color of urine, blood coming from the mouth and nose, bleeding from the stool make us suspect internal bleeding. In particular, patients using warfarin sodium should have their tests called INR done at regular intervals.

Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Nuri Kurtoglu

prof. Dr. Kurtoğlu said, “It is not possible to achieve this effect with fruit without using drugs. It is important to use drugs in some chronic patients. He warned that 'we can do this with fruits and vegetables instead of medicine' is not a very correct and logical approach.


Stating that especially infection and chest diseases specialists recommend aspirin and some blood thinners during the Coronavirus period, Prof. Dr. Kurtoglu said:

“Due to the blood-thickening effects of the Corona virus, physicians prescribe aspirin and some blood thinners. These drugs should be used under the supervision of a physician and within the prescribed time. As a cardiologist, I recommend low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with cardiovascular disease. With these drugs, it is possible to prevent strokes by 50 percent and heart attacks by 30 percent. However, these drugs should be used with the advice of a physician.

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