blood thinner

  1. Blood thinner after surgery could be a terrible idea

    New warning for EVERY surgery patient

    It was supposed to be the BETTER and SAFER blood thinner.

    Instead, the drug dabigatran turned out to be a concern... and it can be found routinely hanging out on lists of the most dangerous meds in the nation.

    It needs to be reconsidered.

    So, what's the mainstream doing?

    It's trying to EXPAND the use of the drug, giving it to MILLIONS of new patients who never would have dreamed of taking a blood thinner!

    And if you're going in for any common form of surgery anytime soon, your own docs might push YOU into taking this dangerous medication afterward.

    They'll cite this new study, which certainly sounds like a big win for the drug.

    It finds that patients who have major operations (NOT including heart procedures) do much better when they take dabigatran afterward.

    Most importantly, the drug helped protect against a condition called myocardial injury, or MINS, which is when the stress of surgery takes such a toll on the body that the heart suffers damage.

    That can trigger a heart attack or stroke... cause clots... and even lead to amputations.

    And in 1 in 10 cases, patients who develop this complication die within 30 days.

    Clearly, it's important to cut the risk, and the drug seemed to do just that in older patients who had operations ranging from knee surgery to abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

    In the 16 months after surgery, folks given the drug had a 28 percent lower risk of MINS and other serious complications, when compared to folks given a placebo.

    Tempting, right? Doctors are already talking about making this drug a routine part of post-operative care.

    Don't fall for it.

    There's a HUGE flaw with this study... starting with the fact that it was only tested against a placebo.

    Researchers didn't test any other blood thinner, and they didn't put it up against the proven natural therapies that can often deliver the same results (or better) without the risks.

    Speaking of risks, the new study claims that there are hardly any at all.

    I'm not buying it.

    The Institute for Safe Medication Practices estimates that more than 6 percent of patients taking blood thinners will visit ERs for a major bleeding problem... and the organization specifically named dabigatran as one of the drugs in this class to keep an eye on.

  2. Aspirin therapy can hurt as many as it helps

    New aspirin risks exposed

    For years, aspirin was the "wonder drug" that could ease pain, prevent heart attacks and keep flowers fresh with little to no risk.

    Now, the more we learn about the drug, the more clear it becomes that we should save it for those flowers -- because those risks aren't so little after all. They're very real and very dangerous, and a new study confirms the drug can actually hurt as many people as it helps.

    Italian researchers compared data on roughly 186,000 non-diabetics over the age of 30 who were taking daily low-dose aspirin to 186,000 non-diabetics who didn't get the drug.

    Over six years, there were close to 7,000 hospitalizations due to bleeding -- including nearly 4,500 cases of stomach bleeding and nearly 2,500 brain hemorrhages.

    And as you can probably guess, those who took aspirin were far more likely to be among them. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients given "aspirin therapy" had a 55 percent higher risk of stomach bleeds and 54 percent higher risk of brain bleeds than those who weren't taking the drug.

    Overall, the researchers say the drug caused two serious bleeding problems for every 1,000 patients and prevented two heart events for every 1,000 patients.

    That's a pretty miserable track record if you ask me.

    A drug should help more people than it hurts. The benefit should be real and clear, while the risks should be low to nonexistent. Aspirin, on the other hand, has minimal to nonexistent benefits -- especially when given to healthy people -- and some very real risks.

    Along with that bleeding risk, aspirin has been linked to hearing loss, vision problems, allergic reactions and even erectile dysfunction.

    Stick to healthy nutrients with proven benefits instead. Fish oil, for example, is a natural anti-inflammatory and an effective blood thinner. Magnesium is not only needed to help keep the heart beating, but one recent study found it can cut your risk of death by heart disease in half.

    Another nutrient I often recommend for heart protection is coenzyme Q10, and a recent study found that this supplement combined with the trace mineral selenium can also cut your risk of dying of heart problems in half.

    I'll have much more on the risks of aspirin and how to thin your blood naturally in an upcoming issue of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations. Sign up now and you'll not only be among the first to get it, but you'll also receive access to all my back issues online.

  3. Fish oil can slash A-fib risk

    Fish oil isn't just the best natural way to fight the ravages of heart disease -- it's also the best way to avoid problems with your ticker in the first place.
  4. Heart drug in death risk

    Here's an urgent warning for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who've taken the heart drug Multaq: The FDA says it may double the risk of death in some patients.
  5. FDA finally announces new heparin guidelines

    Case in point, the FDA announced with much fanfare recently that it was implementing new measures to prevent the contamination of the blood thinner heparin.

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