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Old 01-23-2008, 03:05 PM   #1
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Vitamin K and Blood Thinners (Plavix/Asprin)

I have 5 stents, 3 in the RCA 1 in the LAD and 1 in the left circumflex. I take plavix and 325mg of asprin daily along with toprol, lisinopril, and crestor. I try to eat well especially lots of veggies. I particularly like spinach salads. Recently I read about people taking blood thinners being cautioned about eating foods high in vitamin K due to cloting or interfering with the blood thinners doing their job. I read the info on the back of the bag of spinach and it indicates that a serving size has 510% of the daily vitamin K and of course I like it so my salads are probably twice the size of a normal serving. I've already given up all of the other foods I liked (fries, burgers, etc) please tell me that I don't have to give up one of the few veggies that I really like.

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Re: Vitamin K and Blood Thinners (Plavix/Asprin)

Salads constitute a large part of my diet. I eat very large "green" salads. I've been tracking my PT and INR for years. It seems that, since I've increased the size of my salads, my PT and INR have been reduced by about 10%. I'd prefer to have increased PT and INR protection, but I refuse to give up my salads, and the resultant PT and INR readings are acceptable to me.

Have you had a PT/INR blood test since you started eating the vegetables and large, spinach salads?
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Re: Vitamin K and Blood Thinners (Plavix/Asprin)

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Salads constitute a large part of my diet. I eat very large "green" salads. I've been tracking my PT and INR for years. It seems that, since I've increased the size of my salads, my PT and INR have been reduced by about 10%. I'd prefer to have increased PT and INR protection, but I refuse to give up my salads, and the resultant PT and INR readings are acceptable to me.

Have you had a PT/INR blood test since you started eating the vegetables and large, spinach salads?


Beerzoids, I,m not sure....what do PT & INR stand for? It seems like they test for a million things when the do blood work every 4 mths or so.

 
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Re: Vitamin K and Blood Thinners (Plavix/Asprin)

Plavix and aspirin are antiplatelets i.e. they inhibit the aggregation (sticking) of platelets thus preventing clots from forming. Their mechanism of action is NOT dependent on Vitamin K and therefore there should be NO problem in you consuming your green veggies while on Plavix and aspirin. Coumadin (warfarin) however, an anticoagulant owes its anticoagulant benefits to disrupting the liver synthesis of vitamin K-dependent clotting factors. Therefore if you are on Coumadin, it is a different story and you have to watch your vitamin-K rich foods intake.

On a side note, however, I would be more careful not to go overboard on spinach specifically since it seems to interfere with the absorption of calcium and some reports that indicate that it might cause kidney stones. I suggest you do some further research on this and supplement with other really good greens like collard greens, kale, romaine, etc.

 
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