If you've had the misfortune of having a heart attack or stroke, you know the rehabilitation process is not easy, but you CAN do it. The good news is now you are on the road to recovery. Keep up the positive attitude and count your blessings! Remember to take all of your new medications regularly to help your body recuperate and focus on eating healthy, being physically active and living smoke-free.

In addition to the medicines you are on for cholesterol and blood pressure, your doctor has most likely also prescribed a blood thinning medication like Aspirin, Coumadin (warfarin) or Plavix. All of these are effective options to keep your blood less thick, think of it as less "clotty" so that it can flow more easily through your veins and arteries. While these drugs are effective they also have some side effects. One such side effect is that they often make you bruise easily.

A bruise occurs when a force causes blood vessels to break. Blood leaks into areas under the skin, resulting in pain, swelling, and skin discoloration. With "thinner" blood, on an injury or blow, blood can easily escape the blood vessel. Also as the blood is less "clotty" bruises can often be more pronounced in size and shape. Bruises results in pain, swelling, and skin discoloration.

The good news is that there is a Pharmacist Developed, Natural Cream that works to speed the healing of bruises, treats pain and inflammation and reduces a bruises discoloration. Zax's Original Bruise Cream is ideal for anyone on a blood thinning medication. Made with Arnica, Witch Hazel and a hint of menthol, this natural formula is just what you need to speed the healing of those unwanted bruises on your hands and body that sometimes may appear without notice. For best results apply the cream 3 times daily for up to 7 days and start applying it as soon as possible after the bruise-related injury occurs. Also available, Zax's Original Bruise Vitamin, an antioxidant for the maintenance of good health and helps in wound healing and connective tissue formation. Always speak to your Doctor to make sure this Vitamin is right for you.

Zax's Original Bruise Cream and Bruise Vitamin is sold through leading pharmacies (like Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, London Drugs etc) and health food stores in Canada.  Click HERE for a $4.00 Coupon to save on Zax's Original Products at leading retailers. For all over-the-counter products such as this one, please make sure you read and follow the label thoroughly.

Alyssa Rolnick is the Co-Founder of Zax’s Original Creams, Registered Dietitian and Mother of 3 active kids.