Coumadin

Prevent Blood Clots

…blood clots are taking the blood thinner, Coumadin. But… There’s something about Coumadin and its cousins that elicits an “anything-but-that-Doc” response from about half the folks who are on it. Many of my patients have asked to discontinue Coumadin because, in addition to the side effects and…

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Vitamin K2 Benefits and Coumadin

…other heart risk factors. Coumadin, the popular blood-thinning drug once also thought to be a godsend, works against vitamin K. Researchers suggest that Coumadin inhibits the K2-dependent MGP protein system that keeps calcium out of arterial walls. Thus, vitamin K and Coumadin interaction may actually…

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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 effects…

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Fish Oil: The Perfect Nutraceutical

…) Most people who use it take one-half to three grams of fish oil a day. At this dosage you don’t have to worry about taking either aspirin or Coumadin (warfarin), as long as your doctor or holistic health practitioner knows and will work with you to modify your dosage. Don’t take ginkgo with aspirin…

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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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Grapefruit: Friend or Foe?

…including those used to treat cancer, depression, pain, impotence, HIV, allergies, the immune system, and various cardiovascular problems. Even Coumadin is on the list. In some instances, the fruit increases the action of the medication (essentially putting you at risk for overdose). Two of the most…

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Eight Stroke Prevention Tips

…ounces of pomegranate juice daily. * Take a 500–1,000 mg garlic supplement or eat one crushed clove daily. (Avoid this tip if you’re taking Coumadin.) * Be aware of your high inflammation marker scores: CRP, homocysteine, fibrinogen, and Lp(a). * Maintain good cholesterol levels, including an HDL…

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Garlic Is Great For Your Heart Health

…so effective that I often instruct some patients to go light on garlic—as well as ginger—if they are on a pharmaceutical blood thinner like Coumadin. This seasoning also has a favorable effect on obtaining healthy blood pressure. An Australian review of 11 placebo-controlled studies found that…

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Prevent Blood Clots to Prevent Stroke

…have regular follow-up with your MD. Atrial fibrillation is one condition where Dr. Sinatra firmly believes in taking anticoagulants like warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent blood clots and stroke, so make sure you take it if it’s been prescribed for you and have your blood levels monitored as recommended…

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4 Ways to Short-Circuit the Winter Blues

…their depression scores. The researchers felt that combining the two therapies was superior to either one alone. One note of caution, if you’re on Coumadin you shouldn’t take St. John’s wort. * Eat your way to a brighter mood. Eat a low-sugar, high-protein diet. Include eggs in your diet which contain…

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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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Naturally Treating High Blood Pressure

Coumadin (warfarin) should not 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.…

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Supplement and Medication Interactions to Avoid

…Small doses of 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…

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Vitamin K2 & It’s Benefits

…both MK-7 and nattokinase at most health-food stores or online. A word of CAUTION for any of you who take any blood-thinning medication such as Coumadin, Heparin, or even Lovonox. If you do, then don’t use any supplemental form of Vitamin K or nattokinase, as it may seriously interfere with the effect…

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Check Your Fibrinogen Level

…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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How to Improve Blood Circulation with Nattokinase

…Circulation: Start at 50 mg of nattokinase a day and increase the daily dosage to 100 mg after a week. Caution: You should not combine nattokinase with Coumadin, a blood thinning drug, because it may result in you having too little fibrin to form any clots at all, putting you at risk for bleeding events.

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…Uncontrolled arrhythmias, particularly atrial fibrillation or multiple premature ventricular ectopic beats * Uncontrolled high blood pressure levels * Coumadin or other anticoagulation therapy * Aortic valve regurgitation * Thrombophlebitis or bloods clots * Peripheral vascular disease in the legs or previous…

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