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Pheidippides’ sudden cardiac death in the Atheneum in 490 B.C. after declaring victory over the invading Persian army on the Plains of Marathon (by anonymous).

Unforseeing one! Yes, he fought on Marathon day: So, when Persia was dust, all cried “To Akropolis! Run, Pheidippides, one race more. Till in Athens he broke, ‘Rejoice, we conquer!” Joy in his blood bursting his heart, he died—the bliss! ‘Pheidippides’ by Robert Browning, 1879.

Aspirin to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes with High Coronary Artery Calcium Scores

While proficient cardiac resuscitation has improved survival following cardiac arrest during road races in Japan, this accomplishment does not address coronary artery disease as the underlying cause of an increasing frequency of cardiac arrest in middle-aged men during marathons and ironman triathlons in the United States since the year 2000. Based on the high prevalence […]

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June 2012: Five prevention studies

Five new studies in the June 2012 issue of The American Journal of Medicine provide evidence to support simple steps you can take to prevent illness and improve overall health. Fish Consumption and Colorectal Cancer Risk Low-dose Aspirin and Cancer Mortality Tooth Scaling and Decreased Cardiovascular Disease Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids Medical Weight Loss Programs […]

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When Will Malpractice Lawsuits Be Filed Against Armchair Doctors?

Blog Commentary Ferket and colleagues could have added to their long list a guideline from the Haute Autorité de Santé (High Authority for Health, the French agency for quality of care) which recommended in 2006 for the screening peripheral artery disease and its treatment with aspirin, despite evidence was lacking.(1,2) This French recommendation is surprising […]

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Effect of Aspirin on Mortality in the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

In patients without a history of cardiovascular disease, aspirin prevents deaths as well as myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke but increases hemorrhagic stroke and major bleeding when used in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Abstract Objective The lack of a mortality benefit of aspirin in prior meta-analyses of primary prevention trials of cardiovascular disease has […]

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Long-Term Use of Aspirin and the Risk of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Regular aspirin use has been associated with gastrointestinal bleeding, but many people take aspirin for heart disease prevention. How can they minimize their GI bleeding risk? Abstract Background In short-term trials, aspirin is associated with gastrointestinal bleeding. However, the effect of dose and duration of aspirin use on risk remains unclear. Methods We conducted a […]

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Analgesic Use and the Risk of Hearing Loss in Men

Regular use of aspirin, acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the most commonly used drugs in the US, may increase risk of hearing loss in men. Abstract Background Hearing loss is a common sensory disorder, yet prospective data on potentially modifiable risk factors are limited. Regularly used analgesics, the most commonly used drugs in the US, […]

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