WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Aspirin and Cardiovascular Disease
By Kenneth Adams, MD, Cardiologist, Pentucket Medical
The old standard line…..”take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning.”
Turns out this has some truth about aspirin but not completely so.
Two concepts to understand before we continue. Primary prevention means doing things to prevent the onset of a disease. Secondary prevention means you already have a disease and are trying to do everything to stop it from getting worse.
For many years, we thought aspirin was appropriate for primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD). Recent information has raised some questions about this.
There is absolutely no question that aspirin is helpful in secondary prevention of coronary artery disease. Aspirin is one of the first medications we give when coronary artery disease first strikes and it is an important part of ongoing therapy for CAD.
Primary prevention is another story. Aspirin for years was recommended for primary prevention of CAD. It may have some benefits in that regard. However, a clinical trial study called ARRIVE demonstrated that while aspirin can help in primary prevention of CAD, the benefit may be negated by side effects such as bleeding.
The same result was seen in another clinical trial called ASCEND. This focused on patients with diabetes who are generally more at risk for CAD. There was clearly a benefit of aspirin for primary prevention but it was counterbalanced by bleeding risk.
What do we take from this? The use of aspirin for primary prevention (preventing CAD) is not an automatic move but must be tailored to the individual patient. It is an important discussion to have with your health care provider.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Kids Who Spend More Time in Nature Become Happier Adults
According to GreenChildMagazine.com, a new study out of Denmark found that spending time in nature is notably better for your mental health.
After studying nearly one million people across three decades, researchers found that “children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors.”
Eat Fermented Soy Products Like Natto And Live Longer
A higher intake of fermented soy products, such as tofu, miso and natto, is associated with lower risk of an early death, says OutlookIndia.com.
The National Cancer Centre in Japan found that a higher intake of fermented soy was associated with a significantly lower risk of all-cause mortality, but total soy product intake was not associated with all-cause mortality.
To read more, click here.
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
If You Like Chocolate, You Won’t Want to Miss this Presentation
Do you have a sweet-tooth for chocolate but worry about its side effects? Northern Essex Community College Professor Michael Cross is here to ease your concerns.
Despite the potential side effects of overindulging, chocolate consumption comes with a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, argues Cross, a self-proclaimed chocolate lover and a chemistry professor at Northern Essex Community College. He will explain all this and more during his upcoming lecture “Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence,” which will be offered at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8, at the Merrimac Public Library. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Cross was profiled in the January/February edition of Merrimack Valley Magazine. Read the article here.
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