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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked, “Doc, do I have to be on this blood thinner medication?” There’s something about Coumadin, and other blood-thinning drugs, that elicits an “anything-but-that” response from about half the folks who are on it. In addition to the side…

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

In my thirty-plus years of practicing medicine, here are some of the biggest heart health myths I've discovered with my patients—and how to avoid them. * Thinking “vitamins will protect me.” A lot of people think they can eat anything they want as long as they take nutritional supplements. I…

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Check Your Fibrinogen Levels to Reduce Your Heart Risk

Knowing your fibrinogen levels could save you from serious heart and blood circulation issues. Fibrinogen is a coagulation-type protein that determines the stickiness of your blood. You need adequate fibrinogen levels to stop bleeding when you’ve been injured, but higher-than-normal fibrinogen…

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Vitamin K2 Supports Healthy Circulation

When it comes to cardiovascular health, you don't want to just focus on your heart but your entire circulatory system as well. Your circulatory system is enormous—containing approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels, arteries, and veins and is long enough to circle the Earth twice! It's what…

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3 Times Conventional Treatments Trump Alternative Medicine

While alternative medicine for heart health can be extremely powerful—and is usually my first choice—there are times I wear my “conventional hat.” These are instances where conventional medicine can do a far better job than alternative medicine for promoting heart health, and can truly be…

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