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Hello Doctor,

Thanks for taking questions.

How does aging affect one's blood clotting system?  Does blood viscosity (or thickness) increase with age?  Is this because plasmin levels decrease with age?  So the older one is, the higher the chances of an unwanted clot (thrombus)?  So someone in their 70s or 80s is more prone to poor circulation for this reason than someone in their 20s or 30s?

I've looked for information on this on Google but haven't found anything.  I am a layman, by the way.

Thank you, sir.
Cheers,
Usuff

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Usuf,
Clotting of blood is a normal defense mechanism against bleeding. Abnormal clotting is caused by many factors including dehydration which seems to be the purpose of your question.. Older people are more liable to have poor circulation. For more information google "blood clotting causes"
Hope this helps,
Dr T

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