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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Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally with Nattokinase

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3 Times Conventional Treatments Trump Alternative Medicine

Coumadin. There is no adequate blood-thinning substitute if you have those conditions. I wish I had a nickel for every person who has asked me for natural Coumadin alternatives, reminding me that it’s “rat poison.” But the fact is, in many cases there isn’t an adequate substitute for Coumadin

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How to Stop Seasonal Affective Disorder In Its Tracks

…. The researchers felt that combining the two therapies was superior to either one alone. But there are several notes of caution: if you’re on Coumadin you shouldn’t take St. John’s wort. Plus, you shouldn't use St. John's wort with anti-depressive medications, such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil…

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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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