New anti-platelet drug based on snake venom may be safer

An anti-platelet drug based on a snake venom that may prevent blood cells from forming blood clots may be much safer for treating heart disease, according to new research. When a person gets wounded, blood cells called platelets arrive on the scene and group together to form a clot that stops the bleeding. Anti-platelet drugs prevent these platelets from clumping together and forming blood clots and is widely used to treat heart disease.