Trade lower stroke risk for higher risk of having a heart attack? Oh boy…what a choice.

According to a recent report on WebMD, Patients taking the new anti-clotting drug Pradaxa have a 33% higher risk of heart attack or severe symptoms of heart disease than do patients taking warfarin.

The new study findings, from Cleveland Clinic researchers Ken Uchino, MD, and Adrian V. Hernandez, MD, PhD, are based on a fairly large data set from seven clinical trials that enrolled 30,514 patients.  These Cleveland Clinic researchers say their new study finds Pradaxa can up the odds of a heart attack by about a third when compared to warfarin (the old standard in blood thinners, a.k.a. rat poison).  Yet the same researchers who confirmed the link are telling people to keep taking Pradaxa.  Not kidding, go read the full article in WedMD here and see how the drug maker responds…

Bottom Line: Do you really need to trade off your risks between a heart attack or stroke when selecting a medication?? Perhaps ask your doctor if there are other safer nutritional options besides being prescribed a dangerous new med or staying on the same old rat poison.

Ask your doc about a few of these real food alternatives for thinning your blood without putting your ticker at increased risk:

  • Cranberry Juice (Cranberries)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Papaya
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Vitamin E
  • Cod liver oil and other fish oils

For more on nutrition and stroke risk reduction get on my book release list, I’ll be sending out a few free chapters on this topic soon:)

In the meantime, hope you make an effort to Know-Stroke,

David Dansereau,MSPT


Study Shows Considerable Risk of Heart Attack With Pradaxa, But Researchers Still Say Benefits Outweigh Risks

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Published by David Dansereau

Licensed Physical Therapist, Nutritionist and Author in private consulting practice at PTC Physical Therapy Consulting and SmartMovesPT. is my blog and members resource to raise stroke awareness and educate the public about reducing stroke risk as well as provide tips, tools and review new technologies for stroke recovery. Learn about my book, Body in Balance sold on Amazon at

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