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    http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/v...roducts/2475/2
    after you check out the link, let me know if this is accurate? romaine seems to be much lower in Vitamin K than other types of lettuces. I understand dose the diet, but if I eat a nice chicken ceasar (sp?) salad twice a week, will me INR be affected by much? opinions?
    [IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c7/Peace_dove_blue_sky.png/45px-Peace_dove_blue_sky.png[/IMG]AVR: [FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="5"][COLOR="DarkOrange"][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]1-22-08

  • #2
    Originally posted by witzkeyman View Post
    http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/v...roducts/2475/2
    after you check out the link, let me know if this is accurate? romaine seems to be much lower in Vitamin K than other types of lettuces. I understand dose the diet, but if I eat a nice chicken ceasar (sp?) salad twice a week, will me INR be affected by much? opinions?

    IMHO.....NO .... I eat salad everyday almost, various kinds of lettuce.....I am stable
    No shoes, no shirt, no problem
    AVR with Ablation -St Jude Mechanical--2006
    ~Easy Does It~

    The early bird get the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese

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    • #3
      I'm not sure I know the difference between Romane, Bibb or any other type of lettuce, but I eat salads made from some kind of "lettuce" several times a week. I have seldom, if ever, noticed salad having any noticeable effect on INR.
      Starr-Edwards mechanical AVR 1967 at age 31.....University of Kentucky Med. Ctr., Drs. Richard Wood & Gordon Danielson surgeons. No surgery (heart or otherwise) since. On Warfarin ACT since surgery with no diet, lifestyle, or activity restrictions....and I live one day at a time.

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      • #4
        Not unless you start eating 3 salads a day suddenly.

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        • #5
          You have heard of making a mountain out of a mole hill.

          Well, the amount of vitamin K in romain lettuce is about as big as a pimple on a microbe's nose. Al and I are both on coumadin and we eat salads with all sorts of greens, including romaine lettuce, almost everyday and sometimes more than once a day.

          Witzkeyman, please believe me!!! You have to relax and eat what you like in moderation. You're going to drive yourself crazy with worry otherwise.

          Best wishes,
          Blanche

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          • #6
            A chicken casear salad eaten twice a week will have almost zero affect on your INR.

            Don't eat the whole head of lettuce daily but a normal salad is fine.

            The key is consistency.
            If you like caesar salad, eat it regularly. Have what you like but be relatively consistent about it.

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            • #7
              That web site will show several different serving sizes, or one leaf, etc. It will make you crazy.
              I believe the lettuce with the least amount of Vitamin K is Iceburg....is also has the lowest nutritional benefits.
              Enjoy your chicken caesar salads! (easy on the fatty dressings).
              BAV-Aortic Stenosis...AVR Oct 11, 2005 / St.Jude Regent mechanical 21mm
              INR Home testing since 2007 with Coaguchek XS...Self-Dosing

              "Caution: I may have been in contact with Nuts"

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              • #8
                Eat your greens and if you prefer one type of lettuce to another then go ahead an indulge. You will give yourself a headache if you start counting milligrams of vit.K.
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                10 hours surgery... 2 OHS in 1 day.
                25mm St Judes valve with attatched ascending aorta conduit.
                3 Cardiac Arrests after 1st surgery
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                • #9
                  Let's put it this way

                  A recent thread mentions an INR of 9.

                  How many pounds of greens, including cauliflower, broccoli. brussel sprouts and everything else containing high amounts of vitamin K would it take to lower that INR to a more acceptable level?

                  A full bath tub, a full dumpster? I suspect it would be more than a person could eat in a week.
                  Mitral Valve Replacement Surgery, 1999
                  Home test weekly since January 2004-Coaguchek S
                  October 2006-Coaguchek XS
                  INR managed by anti-coagulation clinic

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lance View Post
                    A recent thread mentions an INR of 9.

                    How many pounds of greens, including cauliflower, broccoli. brussel sprouts and everything else containing high amounts of vitamin K would it take to lower that INR to a more acceptable level?

                    A full bath tub, a full dumpster? I suspect it would be more than a person could eat in a week.
                    I suspect your right.

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                    • #11
                      Forget that list of vitamin K in foods!!!!!!!

                      Just be fairly consistent, i.e., don't boycott green things for a month and then have salad 3 times a day for several weeks.

                      And remember: CONSISTENT does not equal MONOTONOUS.
                      Marsha (7-28-50), MVP 1990/MVR (St. Jude) & ASD repair 6/24/03 Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas Texas. Hometesting since 11/03, first with ProTime 3, now with INRatio.
                      John (3-13-46), MV repair 5/10/07, Dallas Presbyterian, port-access incision, Dr. William Ryan. Chordae ruptured 12/05 in car crash.

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                      • #12
                        I've always read that the darker the green - the higher the K. That being said - I don't care. I just eat what I want.

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                        • #13
                          Blanche, this is only my first year on Coumadin. I want to be extra careful.
                          [IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c7/Peace_dove_blue_sky.png/45px-Peace_dove_blue_sky.png[/IMG]AVR: [FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="5"][COLOR="DarkOrange"][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]1-22-08

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                          • #14
                            Witzkey... Not a person can blame you. You have to stay in your comfort zone and what works for you. I found I needed to continue to my high in veggie diet for the brief time I was on coumadin. I have always eaten lots of greens/vitamin K foods and continued to do so. But I so understand someone who wishes to be more cautious. As you become more comfortable, perhaps you will slowly add back some foods you are currently avoiding or severely limiting.

                            I had very serious conversations about this while at Mass General. Thankfully, all with whom I spoke agreed that, within reason, I could continue to eat all I was used to eating but to do so with consistency.

                            This community is so extremely helpful with the fabulous info from those who have been there and have/are living it.

                            Who but a valve surgery patient really knows what it is like? Who but you knows your coumadin comfort zone?

                            Is your INR stable for the most part?

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                            • #15
                              Witzkey, my first year I was very nervous about greens too and I missed out on some nice broccoli soups and salads.
                              The real turning point for me was when I got my home monitor....it makes me feel safe when I test more often.
                              BAV-Aortic Stenosis...AVR Oct 11, 2005 / St.Jude Regent mechanical 21mm
                              INR Home testing since 2007 with Coaguchek XS...Self-Dosing

                              "Caution: I may have been in contact with Nuts"

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