By: Terry Graedon September 17, 2017 6 Comments
    Are There Foods That Affect Xarelto?

    People at risk for dangerous blood clots frequently need to take anticoagulant medication to prevent clots from forming. Perhaps the best-known of these is warfarin. It is inexpensive, and its side ef…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 16 Comments
    Can You Avoid Blood Clots on a Long Flight?

    Blood clots in the veins of the legs can be serious. Not only do they cause swelling, inflammation and pain in the affected leg, but they can also break loose and lodge in the lung. Blood clots in the…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2016 48 Comments
    Patients Walk a Dangerous Tightrope on Blood Thi…

    Walking a tightrope is tricky business. If you have ever watched video of Nik Wallenda crossing the Grand Canyon on a high wire, you know how scary this can be. A misstep can lead to tragedy. When it …

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2015 9 Comments
    Beating Back Garlic Breath With Parsley

    Q. My husband has decided he should be getting garlic every day to control his blood pressure and cholesterol and protect himself against cancer. He hates taking pills or anything synthetic so I am st…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2015 398 Comments
    New Eliquis (Apixaban) Alert: Unexpected Side Ef…

    In our inbox yesterday morning was a media alert from Adverse Events, Inc., regarding the anticoagulant Eliquis (apixaban) and some new cases of colon cancer and liver injury. There is nothing in the …

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2014 4 Comments
    Is Your OTC Pain Reliever Deadly?

    Is death an acceptable side effect for over-the-counter medicines? Most people assume that non-prescription drugs are super safe, although nearly everyone knows that prescription medications frequentl…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2014 5 Comments
    Newest Miracle Use for Old Aspirin–Prevent…

    Blood clots in veins can lead to life-threatening complications, including pulmonary embolism. New research from Australia suggests that aspirin could reduce the risk of recurrent venous thromembolism…

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2014 189 Comments
    Pros & Cons of Osphena for Vaginal Discomfo…

    Q. I went through menopause several years ago and have struggled ever since with vaginal dryness and pain. A few years ago I used Premarin cream, but it was messy and smelly and I was scared that it m…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2013 14 Comments
    New Study Fails to Clarify Which Blood Thinner I…

    Using anticoagulants is a bit like walking a tightrope. If the dose is too high, there is a danger of hemorrhage. If the dose is too low, there is risk of a deadly blood clot. For years, warfarin, ori…

    By: Terry Graedon May 30, 2013 0 Comments
    Corticosteroids Boost Risk of Clots

    Blood clots deep in the veins are among the leading causes of death in the U.S. They are called deep vein thromboses or DVTs. When a blood clot breaks loose and lands in the lungs it is called a pulmo…

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2013 27 Comments
    Serious Side Effects Demand Attention

    Several important drug studies were just published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine this week. They revealed some serious new complications linked to popular drugs such as: Prednisone Tiotropium …

    By: Terry Graedon May 24, 2012 3 Comments
    Aspirin Prevents Recurrent Blood Clots

    A blood clot deep in the veins is called a thromboembolism. Nearly one million people experience this potentially life-threatening condition each year. A person who has had one deep vein thrombosis, o…

    By: Terry Graedon February 9, 2012 3 Comments
    Avoiding DVT During Travel

    Long-distance travelers can take heart in new guidelines issued by the American College of Chest Physicians. The expert panel suggests that "traveling in economy class does not increase your risk for …

    By: Terry Graedon September 25, 2011 7 Comments
    Preventing Blood Clots Is Big Business

    Warfarin is a life-saving drug that doctors love to hate. It has been widely prescribed (mostly as Coumadin) since the mid-1950s to prevent heart attacks and strokes due to blood clots. No doubt warfa…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2011 2 Comments
    Newer Birth Control Pills Pose Risks

    Oral contraceptives are known to increase a woman's risk of blood clots. Recent research shows, however, that the newer types of birth control pills containing the progestin drospirenone raise the ris…

    By: Terry Graedon March 9, 2011 10 Comments
    Deadly Blood Clots

    Blood clots trapped in the lungs kill up to 180,000 Americans each year. This is a serious complication of deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots that form in veins deep in the legs or arms. Deep Vein T…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2009 1 Comments
    Travel Boosts Risk of Blood Clots

    Deep vein thrombosis or DVT may be more common than previously recognized, especially among travelers. When a blood clot forms deep in a large vein, it can break loose and lodge in the lung. When that…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2009 2 Comments
    Don’t Be Fooled by Drug Statistics

    Recent headlines heralded unexpected benefits of a cholesterol-lowering drug: “Crestor Cuts Risk of Clots by 43 Percent.”Crestor (rosuvastatin) made news because deep vein thrombosis can c…

    By: Joe Graedon September 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Private Eye Seeks Way To Avoid Blood Clots

    Q. I am a private investigator. Believe me when I tell you the job is not as glamorous as most people think. I spend hours sitting in a car watching and waiting. I have read that people who sit throug…