4 Top Questions About Radiofrequency Ablation for Afib Answered

If medications you’re taking for atrial fibrillation (afib) aren’t working anymore, there is another option: radiofrequency ablation. In most patients, rapid electrical activity that starts in the pulmonary vein and spreads to the atrium of the heart triggers afib. Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that applies electrical energy to the area around the pulmonary vein. … Read More

Choose Painkillers Carefully If You Take Coumadin

Strong warnings from a recent study should make you think carefully about what pills you pop for headaches or aches and pains if your doctor has you on a blood thinner (anticoagulant) such as warfarin also known as Coumadin. Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or aspirin for pain relief when you are on anticoagulant therapy … Read More

What Everyone Should Know About Blood Clots

Just like a traffic jam on the highway, blood clots impede normal circulation in your body and can be dangerous. Here are some blood clot basics and information on steps you can take to help avoid the problem. Signs of a serious blood clot Thrombosis is a medical term for blood clot. Deep vein thrombosis … Read More

Vitamin K Know-How (Infographic)

Kale, collard greens and spinach are all rich in Vitamin K, an essential nutrient that promotes healthy blood clotting. Even though it’s good for you, too much Vitamin K should be avoided, experts say. Your intake of Vitamin K should not exceed 120 mcg if you are a man and 90 mcg if you are … Read More

Your Diet and Blood Thinners

Warfarin—brand name Coumadin®–is a blood thinner often prescribed for heart patients who are at risk for developing harmful blood clots. Sudden increases in vitamin K intake in your diet can decrease the effect of Coumadin. This is because vitamin K is an essential part of the chemical process for forming blood clots in your body. … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Blood Thinners

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about what’s new in anticoagulation blood thinners? John Bartholomew, MD, Section Head of Vascular Medicine and Director of theThrombosis Center, will answer your questions about this medical topic. Anticoagulation Blood Thinners Live Web Chat on June 27 Live Web Chat: noon to 1 p.m. (ET) on … Read More