Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7:35 AM
About 2 million people take blood thinners every day.
They are designed to keep from developing dangerous blood clots... but could the same medicines that do so much to help prevent strokes and heart attacks cause other health issues?
That's the focus of this week's Tuesday Check Up.
The Plain Dealer's Brie Zeltner reported that the breakthrough drug Pradaxa.... which had rave reviews... was questioned by a report that came from the Cleveland Clinic in January.
She details how the 50 year old drug Warfarin - or what some people know as Coumadin - remains the overall top drug by prescription numbers at 31 million a year... but some in the health field had had hoped the invention of Pradaxa was a step forward. It turns out not only are there slight heart affects, but there is also no way to rapidly counteract the effects of Pradaxa.