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Blood Clots

Is Aspirin Cost-Effective Blood Clot Prevention?

Some clinical trials have found that aspirin is just as good as expensive anticoagulants for post-surgical blood clot prevention. And much cheaper!

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Blood Clots

What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

Our new underwriter, CocoaVia, offers high-potency cocoa flavanols without the calories of chocolate.

A low-carb mixed leaf salad with smoked salmon, spinach, cucumber and onions; eat to lower cholesterol

Reversing the Admonition to Avoid Vitamin K with Warfarin

Patients have been told for decades to avoid vitamin K with warfarin. That means no green leafy veggies. But such foods are good for you. What to do?

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Blood Clots

Warfarin and Green Leafy Vegetables Can Be OK

Warfarin was the first prescribed anticoagulant. Now we have Eliquis and Xarelto. They're pricey! Is it safe to combine warfarin and green leafy vegetables?

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Blood Clots

Blood Clots, Travel and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Did you travel over the holidays? Sitting in a car or plane can increase the risk for deep verin thrombosis (DVT). Such blood clots can show up weeks later.

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Blood Clots

How To Prevent Blood Clots After Knee Replacement

Over one million people will get a hip or knee replacement operation this year. Blood clots after surgery are dangerous. Can aspirin prevent blood clots?

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How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspirin?

Before starting a daily regimen, carefully consider the benefits and risks of aspirin. Are you more likely to be helped or harmed by this amazing drug?

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Blood Clots

Aspirin vs. Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) After Hip or Knee Replacement?

Are newer and pricier anticoagulants safer and more effective for preventing blood clots after joint replacement surgery? Aspirin and Xarelto (rivaroxaban) are compared.

Blood Clots

Are There Foods That Affect Xarelto?

Although the anticoagulant Xarelto is promoted as not requiring dietary restrictions, there are foods that affect Xarelto. Grapefruit is one.

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Blood Clots

Can You Avoid Blood Clots on a Long Flight?

Sitting still for a long time, as trans-oceanic air passengers must, increases the risk for dangerous blood clots in the legs.

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Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib, arrhythmia)

Patients Walk a Dangerous Tightrope on Blood Thinners

There was a time when warfarin (Coumadin) was the main blood thinner prescribed to prevent clots. Newer anticoagulants include Eliquis, Pradaxa & Xarelto.

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Bad Breath

Beating Back Garlic Breath With Parsley

Garlic is tasty and good for us. Not only does it have cardiovascular benefits it may also have anticancer activity. But what can we do about garlic breath?

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New Eliquis (Apixaban) Alert: Unexpected Side Effect

Side effects of the new generation anticoagulants like Eliquis (apixaban), Pradaxa (dabigatran) and Xarelto (rivaroxaban) can be scary. What's the latest?

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Blood Clots

Is Your OTC Pain Reliever Deadly?

People should be warned about the potentially lethal side effects of OTC NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen.

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Blood Clots

Newest Miracle Use for Old Aspirin–Preventing Recurrent Blood Clots

Australian investigators show that there is significant value in using aspirin to prevent blood clots in patients who have previously had one.