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Meditation may help lower heart disease risk

Meditation may have a role in reducing the risk of heart disease. The mind-calming practice may improve factors known to worsen heart disease, including stress, anxiety, depression, poor sleep quality, and high blood pressure. More »

Resistant to aspirin?

In some people, aspirin’s anti-clotting effects are weaker than expected. Such “aspirin resistance” usually occurs because people do not take the drug correctly. Also, the coating found on some aspirin may limit its absorption. (Locked) More »

Targeting inflammation: A missing link in heart treatments

Chronic inflammation is important to heart health because it plays a pivotal role in the development of atherosclerosis. Now, researchers have found that a monoclonal antibody drug originally developed to treat a rare autoimmune disorder in children can disrupt the inflammatory process in heart patients. The drug, which neutralizes a chemical messenger instrumental to the progression of atherosclerosis, was shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and the need for invasive heart procedures. This discovery opens up a new field of treatment for cardiovascular disease. More »

Beta blocker blues?

Beta blockers such as metoprolol used to be given as first-line drugs for people with high blood pressure. But other blood pressure drugs, such as calcium-channel blockers, may have fewer side effects. (Locked) More »

Free services to help your health

There are many free services that can help improve health. Grocery store workers can point shoppers toward fruits and vegetables that are in season and the freshest cuts of meat. Pharmacists may be able to dispense free prescription medications or free advice about how to use medications, and even take a person’s blood pressure at no charge. Some universities offer free online academic classes. Some nonprofit organizations provide free food to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. And many organizations offer free exercise classes for older adults. (Locked) More »

Weighing the risks and benefits of aspirin therapy

Aspirin therapy is typically prescribed to people who have atherosclerosis of the arteries of the heart or brain, or risk factors for such disease. Just who should take a daily aspirin, how much aspirin, and what type of aspirin are hotly debated issues. As a preventive therapy, aspirin may be prescribed for people who don’t have evidence of cardiovascular disease but do have one or more risk factors, such as high cholesterol or diabetes. However, that is also debated. (Locked) More »

Why do I bruise more easily as I age?

Easy bruising is more common for older men due to less fat tissue and more fragile blood vessels. Common medications like blood thinners, aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also can increase your risk. Men should see their doctor if they experience unusual or frequent bruising. (Locked) More »