ford brewer md mph . PrevMedHeartRisk.com
There are a lot of blood thinners in the herbal medicine list: garlic, nattokinase, ginger, cinnamon, cassia, vitamin e, ginkgobiloba, grape seed extract, cayenne, aspirin, apple cider vinegar, cod liver oil, etc.
Most of these are antiplatelets, not anticoagulants. Anticoagulants have been shown to be more effective in terms of prevention of strokes.
Safety is also an issue. The strokes we're preventing are infarction, embolic, or ischemic strokes. So, we decrease the formation of blood clots. Unfortunately, that also increases the risk for serious bleeding or hemorrhage, such as hemorrhagic strokes.
The research has been clear for over 20 years that anticoagulants seem better than antiplatelets for stroke prevention. And most docs will go with the researched recommendations. These days the researched recommendations are leaning more and more toward the NOACs, the New Oral Anti Coagulants. I have other videos in a series on stroke prevention and atrial fib.
About Dr. Brewer - Ford Brewer is a physician that started as an Emergency Doctor. After seeing too many patients coming in dead from early heart attacks, he went to Johns Hopkins to learn Preventive Medicine. He went on the run the post-graduate training program (residency) in Preventive Medicine at Hopkins. From there, he made a career of practicing and managing preventive medicine and primary care clinics. His later role in this area was Chief Medical Officer for Premise, which has over 500 primary care/ prevention clinics. He was also the Chief Medical Officer for MDLIVE, the second largest telemedicine company. More recently, he founded PrevMed, a heart attack, stroke, and diabetes prevention clinic. At PrevMed, we focus on heart attack and stroke and Type 2 diabetes prevention by reducing or eliminating risk through attentive care and state-of-the-art genetic testing, imaging, labs and telemedicine options. We serve patients who have already experienced an event as well as those have not developed a diagnosis or event. Our team of senior clinicians includes internationally recognized leaders in the research and treatment of cardiovascular disease, preventive medicine and wellness. We also provide preventive medicine by telemedicine technology to over 30 states. Contact Dr. Brewer at email@example.com or visit http://prevmedheartrisk.com.