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• My husband had a heart attack in 2005. was put on Plavix and Lipitor. In 2010 his white blood count went so low they put him in the hospital to do a bone marrow biopsy. The results were negative. Still they couldn't get his blood count up so they went to another hospital and another specialist to do another bone marrow biopsy and that was negative also. It wasn't until after I got help thru a Chinese medicine doctor that he got his count back up. The cardiologist put him on Effient and he has had one low blood count reading since then but it wasn't that low below range before going back up. I do believe these blood thinners are causing harm and so does the Lipitor.
Jcoco, Houston, Texas, USA, March 24, 2013

• Yonas -- There is actually a comprehensive study on this very subject coming out next week. We'll be reporting on it, so check out our site. Suffice it to say that there are several studies currently in process and also that this is a very complex subject, since how to measure actual radiation exposure varies so much, and the effects of said exposure are not well-documented -- which is to say they are very difficult to document! What is practically important is to adhere to the principal of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) dose. And also not to overuse imaging procedures -- for example, no imaging procedure should be done if the results will not affect the course of therapy.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, January 25, 2012

• A presentation was made at the 2010 AHA (American Hospital Association) meeting that concluded: "For every 10-mSv increase in Low Dose Ionizing Radiation (LDIR), the risk for cancer increased by 4.4% in women and 2.1% in men." This was a Canadian respective study* that did not consider cohort cancer risk vs control risk (i.e., patients referred for cardiac studies might also be at higher than average cancer risk).Do you think this is true or have any comment?Is it not time to properly do the extremely difficult task of long-term prospective studies and are you calling for studies to be done? You guys seems to be fair-minded.(1) Do you agree with the conclusions of a reported study regarding the quantitative risk of LDIR at 10 mSv, (2) do you think it is time to launch on a long-term prospective human epidemiological study to look for risk from low dose ionizing radiation, and (3) are you calling for such studies? v/rYonas
Yonas, Alexandria, Virginia, USA, January 25, 2012

• That is very interesting. Thank you!
Chris, Milaca, Minnesota, USA, January 21, 2012

yonas, Alexandria, Virginia, USA, January 20, 2012

• Chris, I also had a heart attack it was in June of 2007 I had 2 stents and then in October of 2007 I was diagnosed with CML Leukemia. This makes me curious was it the stents or Plavix or What? I am now on Leukemia pills the rest of my Life and I can't help but think something is wrong! Tony.
Birchie, Elizabethton, Tennessee, USA, August 4, 2011

• Thank you!
Chris, Milaca, Minnesota, USA, May 5, 2011

• I am sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. There is no known connection between Plavix and Leukemia. There is a rare condition called TTP that can occur. I have prescribed Plavix thousands of times and have never seen a case. Unfortunately, there is really no particular reason per se that people get AML. Also, I am unaware of any connection with Drug Eluting Stents either.
Dr. W., Charleston, South Carolina, USA, May 5, 2011

• Leukemia and Plavix? Is there a connection? My husband received 2 stents, one in October 2008 and a medicated one in November 2008. He was then placed on Plavix. In November 2009 he was diagnosed with AML leukemia, he passed away 6/2010 at the age of 56. There was no obvious reason or him to get leukemia, it is rare for someone that young to have AML. We know that his heart disease was genetic. He was very health conscious, always ate healthy, exercised and was in great physical condition. I have read little tidbits about Plavix causing bone marrow damage and am wondering if there are other Plavix patients that have or had Leukemia. Thanks, Chris.
Chris, Milaca, Minnesota, USA, April 21, 2011





















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