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vitamin E anticoagulant
Posted by: Russ
Date: October 16, 2006 6:02 PM

I have A-Fib persistant but silent. Ejection fraction is 70%. Have good health with hypertension controlled by supplements. I am 80 years of age. Have had condition for 1 year. Read your A-Fib write-up re: use of E. How did you arrive at 2,000 IU? Are there studies available? I have refused coumadin therapy and looking for an alternative. Sounds like you have that alternative. What form of E do you recommend? capsule or powder? acetate or succinate?

RE: vitamin E anticoagulant
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 16, 2006 7:09 PM

That dose is the minimum dose commonly recommended in nutritional medicine circles. I am not aware of studies on it. When it is used in a patient also using Coumadin, the Pro Time must be carefully followed as it will be affected by the vitamin E and the Coumadin adjusted accordingly. In addition, an enzyme (Nattokinase) is also used in this situation, usually in conjunction with Vit. E. I recommend Unique E (a natural blend of all the forms of vitamin E). They are capsules. Bear in mind that I am not recommending any of this for you as you are not my patient, but rather I am drawing on my experience with my patients who have A-Fib.

RE: vitamin E anticoagulant
Posted by: Russ
Date: October 16, 2006 8:15 PM

Thanks for your swift response. I have checked on Unique E and that looks like a fine and appropriate product. Would one need a pro time test to monitor and evaluate E's efficacy? If 2,000 IU is minimum, what is max and is toxicity an issue here? I want to set up a procedure to monitor my blood viscosity as is done with coumadin patients.

RE: vitamin E anticoagulant
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 17, 2006 3:59 AM

A Pro Time is not needed when E is used alone. I have not heard of doses larger than 3000 IU daily. A "bleeding time" would be the proper test - something they used to do before they had Pro Times. I suggest you get in touch with a doc who practices nutritional medicine. Use Find A Doctor (yellow tab above).



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