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Newbie on Pradaxa (Blood thinning medicine)

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Posted by TC on 4 years ago

GDay! I am 49 and have been in Atrial Fibrillation for the last 10 years. For the last 3 years I have been on Pradaxa (and before that, Warfarin)

I am going to have a Drs checkup before I start fasting, however living in a small rural town in Tasmania Australia, access to quality advice in this area is low.

I am wondering how I start, and if any other members are in a similar situation as me?

Thanks

Terry

This topic contains 9 replies, has 1 voices, and was last updated by tigersman9 4 years ago.

Replies To Newbie on Pradaxa (Blood thinning medicine)

  • Danmcn61

    4 years ago

    Hello Terry,

    Beets are remarkably beneficial for the heart and circulatory system, so if you can fit them into your regimen then I highly recommend that you do so. The same goes for tomatoes, celery, spinach, and peppers. I had very high blood pressure before I started and it slowly came down to normal levels after about six weeks of rebooting. One of my favorite recipes is simply to make a Bloody Mary without adding the vodka (tomatoes, celery, red peppers, onions, garlic, cayenne sauce, Worcestershire sauce, etc...) and use fresh juices.

    Obviously, follow your doctor's instructions as closely as possible, but I'm sure he will be thrilled that you are adopting the juicing lifestyle. The magnesium that you get from green leafy vegetables should have a profound effect upon your heart health.

  • Claire Georgiou - ND

    4 years ago

    Dear TerenceM

    With any health condition it is important to check with your doctor before starting a reboot and also for the doctor to monitor your progress.

    With this condition it is very important to ensure you are ingesting adequate electrolytes particularly magnesium and potassium which are abundant while juicing. Dark greens and coconut water are important.

    I highly recommend taking it slow - start following the transition guidelines by slowly including juice in your diet and working towards making it cleaner and leaner - http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/getting-ready-for-you...

    Then follow on with a eating juicing reboot and if all is well and you are given the all clear then follow-on with a juice only reboot.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions!

  • TC

    4 years ago

    G'Day to both of you! Thank you so much for replying! I feel SOOO rude for not getting back to you both earlier. I did not realize that when you join this site, by "default" all messages are turned to "off" and you have to log in manually. I have now set them all to "on" so I get instant emails :)

    Thanks Danmcn61 - Having not eating any vegetables since the age of 12 it is going to be a scary ride. But like with life, I will try anything once :)

    Thanks Claire - Having been on Warfarin before Pradaxa, and type for "green" was a no go... Luckily Pradaxa as far as I know, I can eat almost anything. I am trying a 15 day reboot in a few days so will read the link you provided.

  • tigersman9

    4 years ago
    Hi Terry. I am a family physician in the states and this is just advice since I dont have your complete medical history, so you need to still contact your cardiologist or PCP. Since you are on pradaxa and not coumadin, you should not have to worry about the increase in fruits and vegetables. Your right as far as the greens, they are high in vitamin K, which is an antidote for coumadin and reverses its effect. However, since there is so much benefit in leafy greens, I often tell my patients, that as long as we monitor closely, and the dietary consumption doesnt change drastically, that they can go ahead and eat them. Worse case scenario I increase the coumadin some. The problem would be if someone was eating Kale 4 times a day, I get them therapeutic, and then all of a sudden they read something about greens and stop eating kale, and their INR goes through the roof, of course those scenarios are few and far between. Pradaxa is a direct thrombin inhibitor, so we dont have to monitor INRs, YEAH! And that means the mean green is ok for you. Just a few things that might end up in your diet/juice/herbal supplements, that may interact are: 1) Avoid St. Johns Wort, chamomile, and red clover. 2) Dont over do Flaxseed, Garlic, Ginger, ginkgo, ginseng, green tea, willow bark and fish oils! Good luck!
  • Claire Georgiou - ND

    4 years ago

    Great - let us know how you go!

  • tigersman9

    4 years ago
    I also forgot to mention, if you are on a rate controlling medication in the calcium channel blocker class, like diltiazem, grapefruit should be limited. However, there is no reaction with grapefruit and a beta blocker ie metoprolol.
  • TC

    4 years ago

    Thank you again! YES I am on Diltiazem as well as Digoxin! I will therefore limit Grapefruit :)

  • TC

    4 years ago

    G'Day tigersman9 - Thank you so much for the info. Yes I will get monitored closely and if I start bleeding excessively I will stop the ReBoot. I sure "don't" miss the INR two week blood tests :) Thank you again

    Kind Regards

    Terry

  • tigersman9

    4 years ago
    Digoxin is its own beast. It has a lot of interactions, but mainly with medications. As far as I know there arent any issues with fruits/vegetables/herbs. Main thing would be to watch for signs of digitalis toxicity such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain,HR under 60 or above 120, weakness, confusion. I dont have many people that take digi anymore, but I make sure I monitor their levels regardless, I did have one person get dehyrated and get toxic, but she was elderly and petite. You definetly dont have to worry about dehydration with a reboot =)

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