Coumadin

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 effects…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

Blood thinners, particularly Coumadin, prevent strokes by helping to prevent blood clots from forming in the chambers of the heart and blood vessels. Studies have shown that common blood thinners like Coumadin can protect you from a stroke if you have mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or…

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The Healing Power of Ginger

…over your health. Just one word of caution. Since ginger can thin the blood much like aspirin, patients taking pharmaceutical blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) should consult with their doctors before adding ginger to their diets. Now it's your turn: What's your favorite way to eat ginger? You…

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Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally with Nattokinase

…pleasant surprise and find that your doctor may be able to reduce your blood pressure medication. * Patients who are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) should not take nattokinase because both products thin the blood to reduce blood pressure. However, I don’t see any problem taking nattokinase…

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To Eat Soy, or Not to Eat Soy: What You Need to Know

…cardiovascular system by helping to keep calcium out of arterial walls. (Note: The vitamin K in natto is a natural clotting agent. If you are taking Coumadin (warfarin) or another blood-thinning product, you should eat natto with caution, consuming no more than one small serving per week. Additionally,…

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Check Your Fibrinogen Levels to Reduce Your Heart Risk

…And, of course, adhere to a healthy cardiovascular nutrition program to keep your fibrinogen level at a healthy level. Caution: If you are taking Coumadin, aspirin, Plavix or any combination of these blood-thinning agents, you should not take nattokinase or garlic because you could thin your blood too…

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