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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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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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James E. Dalen, MD, AJM Associate Editor

Aspirin for the Primary Prevention of Stroke and Myocardial Infarction: Ineffective or Wrong Dose?

More than 40 million Americans take aspirin for the primary or secondary prevention of myocardial infarction and stroke, including approximately half of all those aged 65 years or more.(1) The daily dose varies from 81 mg (1 baby aspirin) to 325 mg (1 adult aspirin). The efficacy of aspirin for the secondary prevention of myocardial […]

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