Another interesting story:
After my cardiac arrest in 2016 I got 4 drugs eluting stents (DES). The docs at the clinic told me I had to take blood thinners (Prasugrel) for 2 years and aspirin, statins, betablockers and bloodpressure reducers lifelong.
I was afraid that my blood would get too thin because I had an omega-3 index of around 15 (almost like an eskimo
). I‘ve asked all the so-called experts, what I should do. Every one told me, I had to take the blood thinners and the other drugs. Even renowned omega-3 experts advised me to lower my omega-3 index (not the pharma drugs). Incredible! I also asked the manufacturers of the drugs.
Only Prof. Schacky (omega-3 expert) and Prof. Rohdenwald (pycnogenol expert) encouraged me. Then I looked for studies for the blood thinners and the corresponding „medical guidelines“. I have not found any studies that have convinced me. Of course none at all with a comparison to omega-3. (If you know studies, please tell me - but no studies with an absolute advantage of 2 or 3 percent only)
At leastI found help in the book „The Omega-3 Effect“ by William amd James Sears:
Theyr answer to the question:
What if my doctor prescribes blood thinners such as aspirin, Plavix, or warfarin? Can I still take omega-3 supplements?
„Yes you can, and you should... If you need anticoagulant therapy, the dilemma for your doctor is to thin your blood just enough to reduce your risk of having a brain artery stroke or a clot in your coronary arteries but not too much to cause you to bleed excessively. The bottom line is to follow the AHA guideline that because of concerns about excessive anticoagulant effect, people taking more than 3 grams of omega-3 per day should do so only under a physician‘s supervision... Perhaps science will soon confirm what some omega-3 researchers suspect: fish oil is a safer anticoagulant than prescription medications“.
I don‘t believe, that science will soon confirm and overcome. Think of the story of vitamin C.
What have I done? I took the blood thinners about 8 months and aspirin for 1 year. I didn‘t change omega-3. And I didn‘t take all the other drugs. I tested my blood values regularely, and they were OK.
And first of all: I am OK and feel well