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Hillary Clinton Reveals She Takes Blood Thinner

By    |   Friday, 06 Jun 2014 03:38 PM

Hillary Clinton recently revealed that she is taking a blood-thinning drug, a type of medication that millions of other Americans take to treat blood clots, irregular heartbeat, and lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.
 
Clinton, 66, said yesterday that she has taken the drug since 2012 when it was prescribed following a fall she suffered at home. She suffered a concussion in the spill and doctors later found a blood clot between her brain and skull. The fall occurred due to a fainting spell she had while fighting a stomach virus, she has said.
 
Although Clinton has never said precisely which blood-thinning medication she is taking, it is most likely Coumadin, according to Chauncey Crandall, M.D., one the nation’s top cardiologists and director of preventive medicine at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic.
 
Coumadin, known generically as warfarin, is the most common blood thinner.  Plavix, the other leading blood thinner, is usually given to heart attack survivors or to those who have undergone angioplasty.
 
Coumadin can be a lifesaving drug, but there are also some risks and it can be a challenge for doctors to prescribe correctly, said Dr. Crandall, author of the Heart Health Report newsletter.
 
“Coumadin has to be monitored closely, because there is a narrow threshold and you have to be careful not to give too little or too much of the drug,” he said.
 
Because of the potential for excess bleeding, people who are on Coumadin must undergo blood tests at least monthly. In addition, the medication acts by depleting a substance in the blood that is derived from Vitamin K, so people on the medication have to be careful about eating foods containing the nutrient, such as leafy greens. Doing so can make Coumadin ineffective.
 
Also, those taking Coumadin must be careful about injuring themselves, because it can lead to profuse bleeding.
 
“We don’t like to give the drug to people who are elderly or vulnerable to falls because if they hit their head, they could suffer a bleed within the skull,” said Dr. Crandall, author of the Amazon best-selling book, The Simple Heart Cure. He says he prefers not to prescribe Coumadin to patients over 70.
 
Clinton has not said whether the blood clot she suffered was dissolved. Dr. Crandall says this likely would have occurred within three-to-six months after treatment.
 
 

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