The two common side effect of warfarin are:
1) bleeding, or hemorrhage, and
2) increased calcium build-up in the aortic valve and coronary arteries. This is considered to be more dangerous than high blood pressure or high cholesterol!
What kind of bleeding is the most dangerous of the warfarin side effects?
There is a high rate of death AND disability for brain strokes caused by warfarin. (warfarin-induced intracranial hemorrhage)
Bleeding in the brain, or bleeding strokes, increased fivefold among people who took warfarin, known by the brand name Coumadin.
The use of this drug, they report, has led to a soaring number of strokes caused by bleeding to the brain -- potentially offsetting warfarin's benefits.
This research, headed by Matthew Flaherty, a UC neurologist, shows that the number of BRAIN STROKES (hemorrhagic strokes) JUMPED five-fold between 1988 and 1999.
But for those over the age of 80, this rate of getting a brain stroke SOARED eighteen-fold!
And get to know the many drug interactions of warfarin -- get your pharmacists long list of dos and don'ts for Coumadin, or warfarin side effects.
You can decrease your dosage of Coumadin to reduce warfarin side effects with your doctor monitoring your progress:
How? Add natural blood thinners to your diet, exercise and add supplements that improve your heart health and prevent strokes. Click here to read about Nattokinase that works like Coumadin but with no known side effects and read more at pobrien48/vitamins.htm
Stopping cold turkey is not a good idea because there is some evidence that Coumadin can have a rebound effect if you stop taking it suddenly. A "rebound" would INCREASE your risk for blood clots for several months AFTER YOU STOP.
There are many foods and supplements that act as natural blood thinners -- NATURAL anti-coagulants you can use to lessen your dependence on Coumadin.
You can talk to your doctor and explain your desire to forgo drug therapy in favor of a safer, more natural approach. Have your doctor monitor your progress.
Why? Spinal cord bleeding caused damage as the side effect of the Coumadin he was on. Due to these unexpected warfarin side effects, he never fully recovered.
My father, in his early eighties, faithfully took his prescriptions and followed his doctors orders to the letter.
While we were on a family road trip with him, he tripped on a rise in the floor at our B & B, and he fell. He was not badly hurt, but he began to feel progressively worse. We took him to two different hospitals where he was cleared for fractures.
Yet his condition worsened, so we took him to a bigger hospital. The emergency doctor there took one look at the list of meds he was taking and said we will have to operate within the next few days, or he will never walk again. Why?
There was bleeding in his neck, or spinal cord, causing serious damage. The doctor recognized bleeding as one of the warfarin side effects of Coumadin.
It was difficult to watch my father's abilities deteriorate, and to discover first hand these warfarin side effects -- of his Coumadin medication.
My sister Ruth Anne Wise was only 57 years old. She had gone to the doctor to have a wrist bone reset. While there the doctor said "he thought he may have seen" a clot in her lungs so he prescribed Coumadin.
Six months later, as many other stories go, she developed an Intracranial Brain Bleed as she was about to leave her job that day on November 2, 2010.
By the next morning she was brain dead..... and died hours later at around 1:00 A.M. that next morning. I was by her side all that day, knowing she was going to be going to see our mother in the spirit world! Upon leaving we got about 15 minutes from the hospital when they had called my cell phone and informed us she was gone. I returned back to make arrangements for her to be picked up the funeral home.
I have also been conversing with a gentleman out in California who, three years ago, also lost his wife due to this drug, she was only 43. He was left with four children to raise and his happy married life came to an end.
There is a FORUM with MANY discussions taking place about loved ones lost to this drug and the nasty other side effects it causes. MAKES ME SICK!!! Yours In Faith - Larry Wise
Coumadin to ICU - Internal Bleeding
Carol R., Spokane, WA
I am not sure how long my dad was on Coumadin, but it was several years. His Bleed was mistakenly called a stroke until they had open up his head and stop him from bleeding April 16, 2010. After being in and out of the hospital and into a nursing home and then to Hospice.
He finally died July 30, 2010. I think some more research needs to be done on what causes this.
Coumadin Causes Death
Tina Morrison Jamestown, TN Wednesday Jan 5
My mother just died in sept. 2010. She had a stroke. She was on coumadin and the neurosurgeon told us that the coumadin caused her to bleed out in the brain. I was wondering if you ever pursued that law suit and what happened?
"Hardening of the arteries" is therefore one of main Coumadin side effects, and this is more dangerous than other known "risk factors."
(Koos R et al: Relation of oral anticoagulation to cardiac valvular and coronary calcium assessed by multiple spiral computer tomography. Amer J Cardiol.2005;96(6):747-749)
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Dr. Garry Gordon says: Every patient on Coumadin is increasing the calcium content of all vascular tissues.
The calcium content of arteries is now proven to be more dangerous than diabetes, elevated cholesterol or hypertension -- we must now try to educate patients."
Vitamin K2 can help overcome this!
New research is showing vitamin K2 to be a critical nutrient for patients with arteriosclerosis, because it has the potential to prevent and remove calcium from arteriosclerotic plaques thus making plaques easier to dissolve and less dangerous.
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Explain your desire to forgo drug therapy in favor of a safer, more natural approach.
For instance, taking a daily handful of certain nutrients e.g. fish oils, vitamin E and bromelain can prevent platelets from aggregating and can therefore safely prevent clots WITHOUT CREATING A DEFICIENCY OF VITAMIN K.
Following are suggestions you can use to reduce your need for Coumadin to prevent harmful Coumadin Side Effects:
Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids: Fish oils are valuable therapies because they make blood more fluid thus inhibiting the formation of clots.
Gingko Biloba, a herb taken twice daily also prevents clotting in a safe manner.
Carrageenan(red algae) is a safe heparin like anticoagulant that aids in preventing clotting -- without danger of bleeding.
Enzymes: High doses of enzymes(nattokinase, lumbrokinase (boluoke), vitalzyme, wobenzyme N) stop the initiating process in clot formation (fibrin formation).
Find out more about the role of Vitamin K in preventing heart disease as an added incentive to reduce the vitamin K suppressing Warfarin, or Coumadin.
There is no need to avoid greens and vegetable high in vitamin K. The vitamin K in your diet needs to be kept at a consistnt level. For instance, kale, parsley and other green leafy vegetables and eggs have vitamin K which PROTECTS AGAINST heart disease.
If you are worried about drug interactions, you will want to use a health building medical protein for energy, strength and longevity.
Spinach and Blueberries Surprise Scientists for Better Stroke Recovery!
A study published in the journal Experimental Neurology suggests that antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables can limit brain damage from stroke and other neurological disorders.
USF/VA neuroscientist Paula Bickford, PhD, and colleagues, found that rats fed diets preventatively enriched with blueberries, spinach or an algae known as spirulina (a phytoplankton) experienced less brain cell loss as well as improved recovery of movement, following a stroke.
This study builds upon previous USF/VA research showing that diets enriched with blueberries, spinach or spirulina reversed normal age-related declines in memory and learning in old rats.
Researchers were amazed at the extent of neuro protection that antioxidant-rich diets provide.
Dr. Bickford, a researcher at the USF Center for Aging and Brain Repair reported that the size of the stroke was 50 to 75 percent less in rats treated with diets supplemented with blueberries, spinach or spirulina before the stroke.
It is thought that antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances in these fruits and vegetables may somehow reduce the nerve cell injury and death triggered by a stroke, the researchers suggest.
They conclude that ongoing treatment with blueberry, spinach, or spirulina reducesb cell death (ischemia/reperfusion-induced apoptosis) and cell death due to stroke. (cerebral infarction).
This is an easy, readily available, inexpensive and safe way to benefit stroke patients, according to the researchers without warfarin side effects.
Researchers Lamontagne and Fung found that patients undergoing stroke recovery can safely increase their walking speed two to three times beyond comfortable levels, given proper instruction and a safe environment.
Stroke recovery with rehabilitation traditionally involves walking on a treadmill at a pace preferred by the patient, which is typically slow.
Instead of a treadmill, they used a walkway that was 33 feet long. Safely tucked into a body harness, each stroke patient walked at a pace of their own choosing and also at their top speed.
Researchers cheered on the stroke patients, urging them during the speed test to walk as quickly as if they were trying to catch a bus. Participants were even allowed to run, if they wanted. The researchers also let them rest as needed.
The biggest increase for all stroke patients came from fast walking combined with partial body weight support.
Under those conditions, slower stroke patients revved up their speed by 258% and high-functioning stroke patients boosted their pace by 95%.
The easiest test -- walking with partial body weight support at the patients' preferred pace -- only boosted the speed of low-functioning patients.
Best management of stroke includes stroke recovery nutrition and exercise!
So do your research and add salmon, avocados, olive oil, almonds, and walnuts to your diet, along with whole grains, oatmeal and "superfoods" such as berries, seeds, yogurt, cysteine-rich protein and marine phytoplankton.
And along with choosing the best supplements, make sure that you totally cut out the cookies, muffins and baked goods that have trans fats, along with white flour. As a treat, you can eat dark chocolate and drink red wine!
Old dogs can certainly learn new tricks, and theres lots of treats and rewards in delicious whole foods. These are your best bet for minimizing the need for medication and avoiding negative warfarin side effects.
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