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Fasting Muslims on warfarin should keep closer tabs on their blood thickness

Published on Jul 16, 2014 12:50 PM
 
Worshippers at the Al-Muttaqin Mosque at Ang Mo Kio on July 11, 2014. Muslims on the blood-thinning medication warfarin should be extra careful during the fasting month of Ramadan, doctors at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have advised.

SINGAPORE - Muslims on the blood-thinning medication warfarin should be extra careful during the fasting month of Ramadan, doctors at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have advised.

They carried out a study of this group of patients before, during, and after Ramadan, and found that fasting makes them more likely to veer out of the safe blood-thickness range.

These patients also remained outside the safe range for a longer period during the fasting month.

Patients are usually put on warfarin when they have a condition that makes their blood more likely to clot, like an irregular heartbeat.

 
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