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Is a person with vitamin K deficiency at a lower risk for having a heart attack because he clots poorly?
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
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In brief: Almost . . .
I can see the logic in that question, since we often prescribe mild blood-thinners (e.
g., aspirin) to prevent coronary clots. However, someone with a pronounced enough vit. K deficiency to prevent coagulation may begin spontaneously hemorrhaging elsewhere (particularly in the GI tract or the brain); and if the hemodynamic state in the body is disrupted, the heart may still become ischemic.

In brief: Almost . . .
I can see the logic in that question, since we often prescribe mild blood-thinners (e.
g., aspirin) to prevent coronary clots. However, someone with a pronounced enough vit. K deficiency to prevent coagulation may begin spontaneously hemorrhaging elsewhere (particularly in the GI tract or the brain); and if the hemodynamic state in the body is disrupted, the heart may still become ischemic.
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