Aspirin

5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

aspirin a day keeps the cardiologist away. It is true that if you have coronary artery disease, an aspirin may be worth considering in order to keep the blood thin. There are, however, other natural blood thinners, such as omega-3 fatty acids and nattokinase that should be used first. Unlike aspirin,…

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Is Taking a 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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If Someone Has a Heart Attack, Do These 2 Things!

…person an aspirin to chew on until the ambulance arrives. Chewing the aspirin (not swallowing it) helps to get it into the bloodstream quicker. You also want to make sure you're giving the person a true aspirin, not ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or another pain reliever. That's because aspirin is a highly…

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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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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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You May Need To Evaluate Your Use of Painkillers

Research has found a connection between high blood pressure levels and non-aspirin painkillers. A report from the Harvard School of Medicine’s ongoing Nurses Health Study concluded that women are at increased risk for high blood pressure levels if they take daily doses of painkillers such as acetaminophen…

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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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Menopause and High Blood Pressure

…Medicine’s ongoing Nurses’ Health Study concluded that women are at increased risk for high blood pressure levels if they take daily doses of non-aspirin painkillers such as extra-strength acetaminophen and ibuprofen. * Add blood pressure reducing foods to your diet. If you’re worried about menopause…

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Best Multivitamins for Women: What the Media Didn't Report

…environmental toxicity, insecticides, pesticides, heavy metals, and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs deplete critical nutrients in the body. Aspirin for example depletes folic acid, and statins deplete CoQ10. In fact, the reason why I just developed multinutrient formulas for both men and women…

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