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Getting off Warfarin
Posted by: dliknaitzky
Date: January 20, 2012 12:50 AM

I have permanent atrial fibrillation for which I take Warfarin (Coumadin). The reason for this is that AF, because of the irregular heartbeat, causes blood to pool in the heart chamber, thereby increasing the risk of clots forming. Warfarin thins the blood to prevent this. But while it minimizes the risk of clotting, it also exposes you to a (potentially equally catastrophic) risk of bleeding. So one has to weigh up the risks in each case, and choose the lesser of two evils. You can't help feeling, though, that you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. So I am searching for a natural substitute for Warfarin. Nattokinase, with its clot-dissolving properties, interests me. Is there any way of going off the Warfarin and substituting with Nattokinase? It seems that thereby I would elimimate the risk of bleeding, and hopefully cover myself with regard to clotting. I'm really not happy walking around with thinned blood, and want to find an alternative.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at January 20, 2012 1:37 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Getting off Warfarin
Posted by: drron
Date: January 20, 2012 1:43 AM

As I am not your doc and have not personally evaluated you and your condition, I can't recommend or "unrecommend" any therapy. I can say that in nutritional medicine it is common to substitute nattokinase and natural vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) for other anticoagulants. The nattokinase and E are taken in large daily doses, 4 caps of natto and at least 2000 IU of E. There is another, even more potent enzyme named lumbrokinase which is also used. Shifting from Coumadin to these other treatments should be done gradually and under a doctor's supervision with the help of regular lab testing.

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