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Daily Aspirin Can Bring Heart Benefits, But Risks Too

Posted 19 days ago by

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – For people who have both type 2 diabetes and heart failure, new research offers a mixed message on taking a daily low-dose aspirin. The study found the daily pill can reduce the risk for heart failure-related hospitalization and death in people who have both conditions. However, it also found that a daily aspirin raises their risk for nonfatal heart attack and stroke. ...

Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint Replacement

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests. Researchers said the findings could change some doctors' prescribing habits. After knee or hip replacement surgery, there's a risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs. So it's routine for patients to take ...

Is Low-Dose Aspirin Right for You After Surgery?

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Each year, millions of American heart patients go "under the knife" for various kinds of surgery. Often they're told to take a low-dose aspirin, to help lower their odds for a post-op blood clot. But does that practice reduce the risk of additional heart problems? A new study says yes. Giving low-dose aspirin after surgeries unrelated to heart problems – things like ...

A Drug Company's Gift Might Change How Your Doctor Prescribes

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – Gifts from drug companies can lead doctors and other health care providers to prescribe more brand-name and expensive medications, a new study finds. The researchers analyzed data from 2013 from nearly 2,900 health care providers in the Washington, D.C., area who issued prescriptions through Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug program for people who are 65 ...

Can Aspirin Stop Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients?

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Daily aspirin may reduce the risk of liver cancer for people with hepatitis B infection, a new study suggests. Hepatitis B virus attacks the liver and can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Previous research suggests daily low-dose aspirin therapy may prevent cancer, but there is little clinical evidence on whether regular aspirin use can prevent liver cancer in people ...

Stopping Aspirin Tied to Quick Rise in Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – People who stop following their doctor's advice to take a daily aspirin may see their risk of heart attack and stroke quickly rise, a new study suggests. Low-dose aspirin is a standard therapy for people at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. But many eventually stop taking it, or at least consider quitting, said Dr. Johan Sundstrom, the lead researcher on the ...

Statins Help Healthy People Lower Their 'Bad' Cholesterol

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – Cholesterol-lowering statins reduce the risk of heart disease and death in otherwise healthy people who have very high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol, a long-term study finds. For 20 years, more than 5,500 men in Scotland who did not have heart disease but who had high levels of LDL took 40 milligrams of pravastatin, a relatively weak type of statin, daily. Doing so ...

The Fine Print on Medication Expiration Dates

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 – The expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription medications seem pretty black and white, but there's some question about whether drugs last even longer. Expiration dates typically range from 12 to 60 months after production. But manufacturers aren't required to determine how long they'll remain potent after that, enabling them to set their own expiration dates ...

Aspirin Safe for Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – Some research has raised concerns about the safety of aspirin for heart failure patients. But a new study appears to offer some reassurance. The study, of over 2,300 patients, found that those on daily aspirin were not at heightened risk of being hospitalized for, or dying from, heart failure. That has been a concern because, in theory, aspirin could interfere with the ...

Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away?

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Something as simple as taking a low-dose aspirin every day may protect pregnant women from the life-threatening condition known as preeclampsia, new research suggests. "Preeclampsia is one of the most serious complications of pregnancy, with a high risk of death for the mother and baby," said senior study author Dr. Kypros Nicolaides. He is a professor of fetal ...

Study Casts Doubt on Need for Statins in the 'Healthy Old'

Posted 22 May 2017 by

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Senior citizens with no history of heart problems appear to gain no health benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, a new study suggests. People 65 and older treated with pravastatin (Pravachol) as part of a major clinical trial had about the same risk of death as people in a placebo group, according to the results. They also appeared to suffer strokes and heart ...

Blood Thinners May Prevent Dementia in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Posted 14 May 2017 by

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 – Blood thinners are often prescribed to prevent strokes in people with the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. But a new study suggests these drugs may also help keep dementia at bay. The researchers said that the key is to start blood thinners, such as warfarin, soon after atrial fibrillation is diagnosed. That's true even for people at low risk of a stroke ...

Common Food Nutrient Tied to Risky Blood Clotting

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 – A nutrient in meat and eggs may conspire with gut bacteria to make the blood more prone to clotting, a small study suggests. The nutrient is called choline. Researchers found that when they gave 18 healthy volunteers choline supplements, it boosted their production of a chemical called TMAO. That, in turn, increased their blood cells' tendency to clot. But the ...

Conflicting Statin Guidelines Leave Millions in 'Gray Zone'

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – Conflicting guidelines on statin use could leave about 9 million Americans unsure about treatment, a new study suggests. Researchers estimate that if all doctors followed the latest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for the cholesterol-lowering drugs, the number of Americans aged 40 to 75 on statin medications would rise by 16 percent. In ...

Keys to Heart Disease Care: Communication and Trust

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – People with heart disease may fare better when they feel they can trust and talk to their doctor, two new studies suggest. In one study, researchers found that heart patients who thought their doctors were good communicators were more likely to take aspirin and cholesterol-lowering drugs. They were also less likely to land in the ER. In the other study, patients were more ...

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