Hi Everyone! Looking for feedback on the use of arginine. I've read it may help lower BP by relaxing the blood vessels. Found only 1 article that described it as a blood thinner. The blood thinning part is my concern because I'm on Plavix. Also read that there was a study with very poor outcomes (death) when arginine was used with people with recent heart attacks. Does anyone have any idea what is considered "recent"? The articles about the study don't indicate what the correlation was between the arginine & the deaths. Cynic that I am, I wonder if the drug companies sponsored the study to dissuade people from trying alternative therapies. Any other negative outcomes? Has anyone used it with Plavix?
I had been on low dose beta blocker (Coreg) but stopped completely because it made me feel awful. Now my BP is a little on the high side & I want to try controlling it with diet & the arginine.
After reading all of your thoughtful posts, I am starting to think I may have (or had) Prinzmetal- something I never heard of til reading here. I had a thrombus & 2 stents were inserted. Prior to my MI, I had no history- no high BP, no family history, excellent lipids, normal weight, arteries aren't clogged, etc. My one vice- I was a light (approx 5 per day) smoker. Altho all the docs attribute my MI to the smoking, I just don't buy it. I wish I believed the cigs caused the MI, because then I wouldn't be living everyday worrying about my BP & another heart attack.
Feedback appreciated! Thanks!