Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Recommendations for Plavix Trade One Problem for Another

Plavix is used to prevent clotting that leads to future heart attacks after angioplasty with stents. Recent studies indicate that a much higher dose during the first week after these procedures might prevent 6 more heart attacks for every 1000 patients treated. However, this treatment will also cause 3 more severe bleeding episodes. Which would you like least, a brain hemorrhage or a repeat heart attack? Personally, I would much prefer chelation therapy and/or a combination of fish oils and nattokinase.

See Prescriber’s Letter, (ckick here-subscription required) October, 2009, vol. 16, no. 10, p. 57.

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