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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…

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Prevent Blood Clots

Many people trying to prevent 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,…

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Vitamin K2 Benefits and Coumadin

My campaign to make heart disease a thing of the past is rooted in an ongoing quest to stabilize and root out the calcified plaque that chokes our arteries. For decades, conventional medicine has relied on invasive procedures to unclog our arterial highways but, as most people with cardiovascular…

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

In my thirty-plus years of practicing medicine, here are some of the biggest heart health myths I've discovered with my patients—and how to avoid them. * Thinking “vitamins will protect me.” A lot of people think they can eat anything they want as long as they take nutritional supplements. I…

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Check Your Fibrinogen Level

Fibrinogen is a coagulation-type protein that determines the stickiness of your blood. You need adequate fibrinogen levels to stop bleeding when you’ve been injured, but higher-than-normal fibrinogen levels have been associated with too much blood clotting, which can lead to poor blood…

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Vitamin K2 & It’s Benefits

The vitamin K you’re probably most familiar with is vitamin K1. Both vitamins K1 and K2 are important in overall bone and cardiovascular health, but the benefits of Vitamin K2 make it the better of the two nutrients. K2 remains in the bloodstream longer, and is better at promoting a healthy…

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