You’re not a rat… but your doc sure is treating you like one!
If you’ve got the dangerous irregular heartbeat condition known as atrial fibrillation, you may as well move into his garage and nibble on rat poison – because that’s exactly what he’s feeding you.
For years, rat poison – a.k.a. the blood thinner warfarin – has been the standard “care” for a-fib patients.
That’s every bit as nutty as it sounds, because this stuff can do to you what it does to the rats and kill you dead.
But even if you survive the risk of bleeding to death from the inside, the drug can wreck you in so many other ways – with new research showing how it can TRIPLE your risk of dementia!
The drug is supposed to stop a stroke by keeping the blood thin so it doesn’t pool up anywhere when your heart loses its rhythm and thicken into a nasty blockage.
But taking warfarin is always a roll of the dice.
The levels in your blood can change from week to week or even day to day, even if your dose hasn’t changed.
If the levels drop, your blood can get too thick, increasing your risk of a stroke. If they climb too high, your blood can get so thin that you can literally bleed to death from the inside.
Talk about a terrible way to go!
All those ups and downs are hard on the brain, which is so thirsty for blood you’d think Dracula were living up there. At any given moment, about a quarter of your entire body’s blood supply is rushing through your skull.
If it’s too thick or too thin, your brain will go thirsty no matter how much is passing through – and you’ll end up paying the price in the form of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers behind the new study are urging docs to push patients onto newer blood thinners – but in many cases, that’s just trading one set of problems for another.
Here’s a better option: Get this thing under control without drugs.
Your doc might tell you that’s just not possible – but, in many cases, he’s wrong. And the science proves it: Research published last year found that at least 25 percent of a-fib patients DON’T have a higher risk of stroke.
And that means they DON’T need blood thinners!
You might be one of them – and even if you’re not, you may have other options, such as fish oil.
You can’t do this one on your own, so work closely with a doc. I recommend an experienced member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.