If you have heart disease, your doctor is going to tell you to take aspirin. But you should know that if you have peripheral vascular disease, aspirin isn't going to help you at all. At least, that's what a study out of the University of Florida has discovered.
A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about peripheral artery disease or PAD, which affects one in five people over the age of 70. Peripheral vascular disease, or PVD, is an advanced form of PAD. With PAD, only your arteries are affected. With PVD, both your arteries and veins become constricted and diseased.
The researchers in this study looked at 11 aspirin therapy trials involving 6,560 PVD patients. They found that aspirin has no significant effect on the death rates and incidents of stroke, heart attack, or major cardiac events. In other words, taking aspirin won't reduce your risk of having one of these events — and it won't reduce your risk of dying from them if you do suffer a stroke or heart attack.
So why take the aspirin? If you have PVD, you shouldn't. In fact, most people can avoid the dangerous side effects of aspirin by taking nattokinase instead. Nattokinase is a fermented soy product that's proven to work as well as aspirin to prevent blood clots. But it has additional benefits, which could help you avoid these cardiac events.
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Remember, aspirin simply thins your blood. It doesn't make your blood healthy. Nattokinase, on the other hand, is a very potent enzyme that has the ability to not only prevent fibrous clot formation, but also to dissolve fibrous blood clots that have already formed. This is important, because once your blood begins to clot, it's easy for pieces of these clots to break off and cause heart attacks and strokes. Simply thinning your blood doesn't break these clots down, which explains why aspirin doesn't prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with PVD. Since these people already have diseased vascular systems, thinning the blood leaves the clots in place to break up and travel through your cardiovascular system.
What's more, aspirin increases your risk of internal bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke. While nattokinase thins the blood, there's no evidence that it increases your risk of either internal bleeding or hemorrhagic stroke. Just don't take it with aspirin or other blood thinners like Coumadin, as the combination can increase your risk of internal bleeding.
Taking a supplement like Circutol will give you a better chance of avoiding strokes and heart attacks. This is true if you have PAD, PVD, or any other condition that puts you at risk for having a stroke or heart attack. It works throughout your body to break down clots and prevent new ones from forming.
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Steve Kroening, ND.