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3 Times Conventional Treatments Trump Alternative Medicine

…stopping, or starting, any medications or supplements. 3. If you have a drug-eluting stent you need to take the blood-thinning drug Plavix—and stay on it for the long-term. Many people who have drug-eluting stents will ask me if it’s okay to substitute nattokinase for Plavix, thinking that alternative…

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Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…plain good medicine. I regularly advocate aspirin for those who have known heart disease, such as a history of angina, heart attack, angioplasty or stent procedures, or coronary artery bypass surgery. In these cases, I recommend taking one baby aspirin daily. Yet, even if you have all the characteristics…

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

…recently had a blog reader ask a great question about low ejection fraction and wanted to post the answer: "I had a heart attack five years ago and a stent placed. All of my blood work is normal with good cholesterol measurements and C-RP of 1.13. I take Lipitor (20mg), Metropolis, Ramipril, and Plavix…

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Did the AARP Article Have It Right When It Comes to Heart Supplements?

…conventional doctors will, in a heartbeat, stent any patient who has arterial blockage, regardless of their symptoms (or lack thereof). But as an integrative cardiologist I believe the best outcomes are achieved by taking a different approach. I believe that stents are best used only in emergency situations…

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Should You Get Screened for an Aneurysm?

…you may have physical restrictions, such as not lifting heavy objects. If necessary, your physician may recommend a surgical intervention to either stent to support the arterial wall, or surgically open the chest or abdomen to cut out the area of aneurysm. What’s the Best Way to Prevent an Aortic Aneurysm?…

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“But I’m Too Young to Have a Heart Attack…”

…don’t dismiss them because you’re young. Just last month comedienne Rosie O’Donnell had a close call with her heart, and was saved by an emergency stent procedure. Rosie’s “lesson” was a wake-up call to all of us to recognize the symptoms of heart disease. * Don’t wait until the fourth or fifth…

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