Aspirin

Is Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…pondered whether daily aspirin could prevent these types of calamities. It was the 1980s and there wasn’t a hard-working doctor who didn’t worry about having their own heart attack. Knowing that aspirin had the power to thin the blood, many doctors began adding a daily aspirin to their regimen. Later…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

…common blood thinners, as some vitamins and herbs (such as vitamin E, aspirin, or Ginkgo biloba) can thin your blood too much. If you’re on a blood thinner, limit supplemental vitamin E to 400 IU per day, and avoid taking aspirin or Ginkgo biloba. While I tend to recommend natural treatments over medications…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

…If your CRP is high, I recommend any or all of the following: exercise, weight loss, nattokinase (50–100 mg/day), CoQ10 (100–200 mg/day), baby aspirin, omega-3 fish oil (2 grams/day), and vitamin E (200–400 IU/day). But CRP is not the only test that can help you identify whether or not silent inflammation…

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Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally with Nattokinase

…take nattokinase because both products thin the blood. However, I don’t see any problem taking nattokinase if you are taking low-dose aspirin (81 mg). Aspirin causes the platelets in your blood to be less sticky, which is a different action than the one caused by Coumadin. * Everyone taking nattokinase…

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7 Ways to Get Natural Headache Relief

When most people get headaches, they pop a couple of aspirin, Advil, or Tylenol. For occasional pain relief, I have no problem with this. But chronic use of these over-the-counter medications can cause liver and/or kidney damage. Plus, some of the more heavy-duty migraine medications can cause high blood…

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Grief Can Increase Your Heart Attack Risk

…first time * Consider Rx help: Medical intervention can help if coping seems overwhelming. You may need short term intervention with beta blockers, aspirin, and/or antidepressant medication if you are at high risk for CVD * Moving forward: Ruminating about your loss is understandable when it’s just happened…

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The Health Benefits of Eating Garlic

…determined that the benefits of eating garlic include inhibiting platelet aggregation (stickiness and clumping), thus enhancing blood thinning much like aspirin or thrombolytic drugs do. Clumped platelets can render you vulnerable to heart attack and cerebrovascular strokes. In double-blind research, patients…

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Supplement and Medication Interactions to Avoid

…short-acting preparations are fine. * Do not take standard dosages of Gingko biloba (120-240 mg daily) if you're on the blood-thinner Coumadin or aspirin, as bleeding may occur. * If you're on Digoxin, take hawthorn berry only under a physician's guidance. This medication interaction could slow your…

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Budget Tips for Healthy Living

…drink green tea and pomegranate juice, both of which protect against plaque. For variety, ginger tea is a good choice. It acts like a poor man’s aspirin, and helps thin the blood. Healthy Living Budget Tip #4: Regular physical activity. Start with walking. It’s free. If you want to step it up, try…

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The Truth About Green Tea Supplements

…would have never gotten the same amount of press. But the reality is that many pharmaceutical track records are many times more alarming. Consider aspirin, which is perceived as a very safe drug—what you don’t hear is that it causes 19,000 deaths a year due to gastrointestinal bleeding. Or, take acetaminophen…

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The Healing Power of Ginger

…little ginger goes a long way toward ensuring your control 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…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…is your best therapy—mandatory even—to prevent blood clots if you have mechanical heart valves. Studies show that it’s more effective than aspirin with other anti-platelet drugs. It should also be your first choice if you’ve suffered an embolic stroke. * As I mentioned earlier, Coumadin has…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…moderation. * Take 1–3 grams of fish oil daily. * For women over 65, take 100 mg of aspirin (equivalent to 1.25 baby aspirin) a day. (Beware of stomach bleeding, though, which is always a possibility with long-term aspirin use.) * Drink 1 to 3 cups of green tea and 2 ounces of pomegranate juice daily. *…

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Natural Pain Relief

…also talk to your doctor about trying my recommendations for pain control, which include: * White willow bark (180 mg twice a day); or * Low-dose aspirin (325–650 mg a day as tolerated, but discontinue if you experience abdominal discomfort); or * The nutritional supplement SAM-e (200–400 mg, once…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition with Dark Chocolate

…made a determination that certainly raises my eyebrows: They found that dark chocolate has a positive impact on platelet activity similar to a baby aspirin! In addition, they identified that dark chocolate has a strong antioxidant effect, is "endothelial cell friendly," and causes relaxation of the inner…

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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…developed one of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, an ache in her chest and arms, after rescuing a large woman struggling to exit a car. Aspirin May Have Relieved Clotting The celebrity “Googled” women’s signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and saw that hers matched up with many that…

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Season Your Way to Better Heart Health

…raw onions, but the live enzymes in raw onions make the vegetable more potent. * Turmeric — This bright yellow Indian spice thins your blood with aspirin-like effectiveness. * Black Pepper — Black pepper contains bioperine, which enhances your body's ability to absorb many vitamins and minerals. *…

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Check Your Fibrinogen Level

…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 much.

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…patient maintain healthy cholesterol or good blood pressure levels, I often select drugs that can treat plaque instability at the same time—baby aspirin and statin therapy. And, as much as I strongly disagree with the use of statin therapy for treating isolated high LDL cholesterol levels when heart…

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5 Easy, Natural Cures for the Health Hazards of Summer

…efforts you get sunburned, you can sooth it with gel from the Aloe Vera plant. Aloe contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and salicylate (an aspirin-like substance) to help reduce inflammation, pain, and blistering. * Bruises. Take three to five pellets of the homeopathic remedy Arnica montana,…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…nutrient-poor, calorie-laden diet. 10. An aspirin a day keeps the cardiologist away. Practically every new patient I saw thought they should be taking an aspirin a day to protect their cardiovascular health. It is true that if you have coronary artery disease, an aspirin is beneficial in order to keep the blood…

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