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How can vitamin K be an anticoagulant and at the same time vitamin K helps blood to clot (a coagulant)?

How can vitamin K be an anticoagulant and at the same time vitamin K helps blood to clot (a coagulant)?

Clotting vitamin: Vitamin K is used routinely in the newborn as they lack Vitamin K and can be used for Warfarin overdose. Generally Calcium is given with Vitamin D. Ask your doctor. There may be a reason he/she thinks you need Vitamin K. All the best. ...Read more

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If your normal platelet count is at the high end of normal, could eating many veggies rich in vitamin K cause platelets to raise to 450, 000 -500, 000?

If your normal platelet count is at the high end of normal, could eating many veggies rich in vitamin K cause platelets to raise to 450, 000 -500, 000?

Veggies raising plat: Very unlikely that your platelets are increased due to eating vegetables. Platelets are also acute phase reactants. Meaning they may be transient high due to a minor infection or inflammation. Repeat platelet count after 3-4 weeks. If high may need further workup for thrombocytosis. ...Read more

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I take blood thinners should I stay away from foods high in vitamin k?

I take blood thinners should I stay away from foods high in vitamin k?

Coumadin (warfarin): If you are taking Coumadin (warfarin) then you are right. If you take such good then have your INR checked and then take those foods on a consistent basis. So either take them and continue to or never consume them. Have to pick one of two and get your INR checked. ...Read more

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Can vitamin K depletion cause low platelets?

Can vitamin K depletion cause low platelets?

No: Low vitamin k can cause your body to have a difficult time making factors that are important for blood coagulation (factors 2, 7, 9, 10) and can lead to increased bleeding. Platelet numbers, however, should not be affected. ...Read more

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Is too much vitamin K bad for those with high blood pressure?

Is too much vitamin K bad for those with high blood pressure?

Vitamin K: If you only have high blood pressure, vitamin K is not going to worsen blood flow and may even help. Vitamin K needs to be avoided if you are on blood thinners, since blood thinner help to control clots, that is where the misconception lies. ...Read more

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Is Vitamin K ever used to treat a PLT (platelet) count that is lower than 10?

Is Vitamin K ever used to treat a PLT (platelet) count that is lower than 10?

Clotting factor: Vitamin K specifically helps you improve clotting as a direct cofactor in the coagulation pathway, but does not directly influence platelet production or decrease platelet destruction. Low levels of Vitamin B-12 have been noted as a symptom of low platelet counts, so B-12 supplementation has been recommended, as well as vitamin C and D to improve overall health and improve platelet synthesis ...Read more

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She had vitamin K IV and blood transfusion 4 days after ingestion, then 3 weeks of vitamin K tablets. What are her next steps?

She had vitamin K IV and blood transfusion 4 days after ingestion, then 3 weeks of vitamin K tablets. What are her next steps?

Who, what, when?: There are some important details missing from this question. Who are your referring to (more an age question than specific person)? What did they ingest? What is being treated (we may able to sort that out if we know the ingestion but details help us provide better answers). ...Read more

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Has it been looked into if an abundance of vitamin K in the blood causes autism? I know the study was of a deficiency of the vitamin. Thank you.

Has it been looked into if an abundance of vitamin K in the blood causes autism? I know the study was of a deficiency of the vitamin. Thank you.

How to say this...: I'm glad you asked the question here. In 2006, someone in the not-so-mainstream world of unproven " biomedical" cures for autism, like treating yeast, thought that giving vit k would be curative. Later, someone decided that vitamin k shots given to newborns since i-don't- know-when were a cause of autism, claiming they were dissolved in a base. Or an acid. Or both. See www. Quackwatch. Com. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how long it takes vitamin K to coagulate blood?

Could you tell me how long it takes vitamin K to coagulate blood?

No known time: Vitamin k is important in the body for the formation of coagulation factors which will ultimately aid in the coagulation process. It's administration will help bleeding to stop if the person is deficient (and timing differs depending on the wound location, depth, etc) but this not always the case, as some bleedings are caused by other reasons. ...Read more

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Confused. Does eating Broccoli & fish nuggets daily THIN blood? I thought Vitamin K thickened blood?

Confused. Does eating Broccoli & fish nuggets daily THIN blood? I thought Vitamin K thickened blood?

That's silly: Food choices have essentially no effect on coagulation parameters. A few vitamin-K-rich foods should be avoided if you are taking coumarin as an anticoagulant. Beyond this, ignore all "pop" advice about food choices -- they're entertainment at best, disinformation by people posing as your friends at worst. Your physician or a registered dietician are more reliable. ...Read more

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I consistently have elevated platelets. Can I keep eating vegetables high in vitamin K such as spinach, kale, etc.?

I consistently have elevated platelets. Can I keep eating vegetables high in vitamin K such as spinach, kale, etc.?

Hematologist: Please see a blood doctor (hematologist) to look at your platelets. Often it is from stress or weight gain, but be sure. Platelets do not usually get effected by iron (kale, spinach) etc- that is anemia. ...Read more

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At what point should IV vitamin K be administered if a pt has a high INR eg at 1.5, 2.1 or 2.2 does it depend on other pathology results platelet count is presently normal but was recently very low?

At what point should IV vitamin K be administered if a pt has a high INR eg at 1.5, 2.1 or 2.2 does it depend on other pathology results platelet count is presently normal but was recently very low?

Vitamin k: Reverses the effects of Coumadin (warfarin) which thins the blood and increases the inr. It is usually administered if the inr is over 7 + or lower if there is active bleeding or you need emergency surgery. If the inr is elevated and you are not on Coumadin (warfarin) then you need a workup to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Why is blood clotting abnormal with vitamin K deficiency?

Why is blood clotting abnormal with vitamin K deficiency?

Clotting factors: Vitamin k is used to create several factors in the clotting cascade (the system that ends in a blood clot). If vitamin k isn't there, then those factors are deficient, and blood won't clot as well. This is why newborns get a vit k shot, to avoid something called "hemorrhagic disease of the newborn.". ...Read more

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Can vitamin K cream really help minimize broken blood vessels over time?

Can vitamin K cream really help minimize broken blood vessels over time?

NOT: This is a fallacy and spending money will hel the economy but not your veins! ...Read more

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I am on low dose aspirin for MTHFR. Should I avoid prenatals with vitamin K since it works to clot the blood?

I am on low dose aspirin for MTHFR. Should I avoid prenatals with vitamin K since it works to clot the blood?

NO!!!: Vitamin K is ESSENTIAL for good health and your baby could have bleeding problems if you are deficient. While lack of Vit K increases bleeding, taking Vit K does NOT increase risk of clots. See http://bit. Ly/1nzsOh0 for more on K.
You should be taking the L-5-MTHF form of folate (folic acid).
For more on MTHFR issues see
http://tinyurl. Com/ke838e7
& http://drfairchild. Blogspot. Com/2013/10/mthfr. Html ...Read more

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Does prune juice have enough vitamin K to affect my warfarin blood thinner?

Does prune juice have enough vitamin K to affect my warfarin blood thinner?

Prune juice: Vitamin K, how much prune juice are you drinking? It would take a lot to alter your INR. One cup has a bit less than 10mcg, that's not much if that's all you are ingesting. ...Read more

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Is vitamin K supplement a blood thinner or a blood thickener? Should I take vitamin k2 supplement while I am taking vitamin D 2000IU supplement?

Neither: Hi. Vitamin K is required for gamma-carboxylation of glutamic acid in the clotting factors. Too little vit. K makes you unable to make the clotting factors. This is basically how warfarin works. But clotting factors are tightly regulated, and taking a vit. K supplement if you're not deficient will have no effect on clotting. ...Read more

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Mom had massive p embolism & blood clot in leg due to leg procedure dr put on Coumadin (warfarin) & told to eat normal is that right ie vitamin k?

Mom had massive p embolism & blood clot in leg due to leg procedure dr put on Coumadin (warfarin) & told to eat normal is that right ie vitamin k?

Yes: I usually tell patients starting warfarin to continue their usual eating habits. When people try new diets, that is when the warfarin effect will change. How much vitamin K one eats is less important than keeping it consistent. So don't try a new salad diet for example, and don't try cutting out all vitamin K either. Just keep intake steady, which is easiest when following usual diet. ...Read more

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I have blood clot in my left leg so I stopped eating food with vitamin K and now my red blood cell count iron folate (folic acid) b 12 dropped?

I have blood clot in my left leg so I stopped eating food with vitamin K and now my red blood cell count iron folate (folic acid) b 12 dropped?

K doesn't cause clot: While Vit K is needed for blood to clot, avoiding K doesn't reduce the risk of clots! The only reason to avoid is if you're on warfarin as K can interfere with it, but research shows being on some K actually stabilizes the effects of warfarin. The important thing is to have a consistent amount & then adjust warfarin dose. See http://bit. Ly/1hHlMAv
Foods rich in K are good sources of iron/folate. ...Read more

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