When you’re at risk of dangerous blood clots, your doctor will usually prescribe blood-thinning medicine. But if drugs aren’t an option, a temporary filter placed below your kidneys can protect you. Learn when these filters should be removed.
Your diet affects how your medications work, especially for patients taking blood thinners such as Coumadin® (warfarin). It is important to know the drug-food interactions for any medicines and when to talk to your doctor.
Having heart disease doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t get pregnant. Two Cleveland Clinic physicians discuss the risks.
Aspirin. It’s one of the oldest drugs in medicine. As it continues to be valuable, we also keep learning new things about aspirin. Recently, a lot of evidence suggests that if you don’t have heart disease, you probably should not take aspirin. If you do have heart disease, you probably should take aspirin. What’s murkier … Read More
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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
When aortic valve disease causes symptoms in adults, valve replacement surgery can fix the problem. But – even better – there’s a way to keep your valve and relieve your symptoms, too. A recent study looked at results from surgeries to repair valves instead of replacing them. The study found that valve repair produced excellent … Read More
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
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
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