Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Q&A article on blood-thinning medication

A good article titled "Warfarin (Coumadin) diet: What can I eat?" from the Mayo Clinic's Web site goes through the basic information on how one's diet could influence the level of blood-thinning properties of warfarin.

"Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels," according to the MedLinePlus, an online resource from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. It's commonly prescribed to prevent strokes.

I was on warfarin - also the main ingredient for some rat poisons - for a few years, and it's important to get your blood tested periodically as your doctor directs. Blood too thin, and you could bruise or bleed too easily. Not thin enough, and the medication isn't doing all it can do for preventing strokes.

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