In my last post I had asked if you could spare a moment to give me your 2 cents on how you are keeping your blood thin after your stroke, PFO closure or in general for brain and heart health / stroke prevention. While I should have this article ready for you early next week I could still use your help if you haven’t taken my quick poll (one click-maybe two- that’s all!)
ps- in case you are not in to using hemp oil as your source of Omega-3’s as Dr. Oz’s recipe suggests, then simply break open a few capsules (depending on your product dose) of omega-3 fish oil and blend…
Final word: While you are visiting Dr. Oz’s site be sure to make a show request there for the importance of knowing your stroke risks and the connection between the heart and brain. Dr. Oz has discussed headaches, stroke, migraines on his shows or with Oprah in the past. The problem is the topics need to be discussed along with the mention of PFO. So, drop the Dr. O, or the other Big O a line. Here’s a few talking points to make- see my Oprah Challenge post
I’m working on an article for my nutrition site my-nutrition-coach.com . The topic for this article is Omega-3 oils and I am researching the latest nutritional science and what (if any) advice medical professionals are giving to suggest alternate methods to keep your blood thin. I am especially interested in the nutritional advice given for those at risk of a repeat stroke or who might be on a prescription med, for example post-op after PFO closure).
How you can help me with your 2 cents:
If you are on a prescription medicine protocol of any kind after your event, what dietary advice was offered to you (in addition to traditional blood thinning meds)?
Please take this 2 second nutrition/medication poll:
FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that a Boxed Warning has been added to the prescribing information for Plavix, an anti-blood clotting medication. The Boxed Warning in the drug label will include information to:
Warn about reduced effectiveness in patients who are poor metabolizers of Plavix. Poor metabolizers do not effectively convert Plavix to its active form in the body.
Inform healthcare professionals that tests are available to identify genetic differences in CYP2C19 function.
Advise healthcare professionals to consider use of other anti-platelet medications or alternative dosing strategies for Plavix in patients identified as poor metabolizers.
Plavix is given to reduce the risk of heart attack, unstable angina, stroke, and cardiovascular death in patients with cardiovascular disease. Plavix works by decreasing the activity of blood cells called platelets, making platelets less likely to form blood clots. A data summary and additional information for healthcare professionals and patients are provided in the linked Drug Safety Communication.
Read the complete MedWatch 2010 Safety summary, including a link to the Drug Safety Communication at:
Did you know? MedWatch is a free service of the FDA and you can opt in to their email list to get updates like this one delivered to you-no charge. Visit the link to their site above to sign up.
I’ve included this MedWatch update as many of my readers are stroke survivors and may be on Plavix. If you have specific concerns about this update and how it may apply to you please contact your physician. I am simply making sure you are informed. You are encouraged to report all serious adverse events and product quality problems to FDA MedWatch at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
Your corporation, individual brand, or perhaps a special message or product you wish to promote can now be advertised during the 2010 Boston Marathon. (Please note: We’ve made a slight modification from the video demonstration above to improve visibility for corporate advertisers. The corporate ad placement will be on the back of the actual running singlet as shown in picture below vs. the front and back shoulders on the long sleeve shirt shown in video .)
Should all young athletes in the US have their hearts screened?
They do in Italy. Why not here?
by David Dansereau for know-stroke.org
My guess is you’ll hear more about this debate on the nightly news this evening and in the days to come. That is because two studies published yesterday are reigniting an emotionally charged debate about whether young athletes should be screened with an $88 heart test to possibly reduce the small risk of sudden death from an undiagnosed heart problem. This debate also follows the recent death of two young athletes who died from sudden cardiac death. (They were Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams, 26, and Southern Indiana basketball center Jeron Lewis, 21, both presumably from sudden cardiac death).
[Personal Sidebar: Screen all our KIDS involved in sports! While this debate continues, educate our coaches, parents and teachers how to respond FAST in the event of an emergency (stroke or cardiac arrest) from a heart defect. If I had been screened as a kid, I may not have had my 1st (or 2nd) stroke!! ]
Here’s all the headlines from today and links to the full stories:
If you have considered that it would still be the right thing to do but then clicked away, I’m here on video to remind you of why your donation to the American Stroke Association is important. If you have donated to my fundraising and stroke awareness efforts in past, I sincerely thank you again. I look forward to your continued support. I appreciate every penny that comes in, especially in a difficult economy. You can help make a difference. Every donation counts. I hope you have been helped by my blog at know-stroke.org, and now is the time for you to step up. It has been my intent from the start that through putting my story out there I might further educate others about their own condition. In doing so I have been blessed to get to know many of you personally over the phone and many have expressed thanks and stated they will become more informed in their local community to spread awareness. That is terrific! If you play my video you’ll see why (more than ever this year) I’ll need your help. That’s right, if you’ve already played the video, you know a knee injury has forced me out of the Boston Marathon this year. Even so, I can run the marathon in spirit with my sister and continue to move forward with my national stroke awareness campaign.
You can also donate right now through our secure online donation link. Donations to the American Stroke association are tax deductible. You’ll see when you click the link, my wife and I have started off the donations by showing our support for my sister Lori through a $150 dollar donation (or $50 each) to honor each of our three children.