Long-Established “Magic Pill” Discredited

Everyone wants a short-cut to good health. But we at the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers have always taken the old-fashioned approach: offering delicious, healthful meals, attentive medical care, and appropriate social and physical activities as the way to help our residents regain and retain their health.

Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.

A recent study, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, bears out our approach.

For decades, it has been believed that taking a baby aspirin every day would help prevent cardiovascular disease. This belief led internists and cardiologists to routinely recommend baby aspirin to their older patients. However, a large clinical trial has caused the American College of Cardiology, as well as the American Heart Association, to reverse their guidelines.

The study, involving nearly 20,000 elderly people, was conducted in Australia and the United States. The participants chosen for the study were all elderly, healthy individuals, without any signs of cardiovascular disease, dementia, or physical disabilities. The goal of the study was to determine the effectiveness of taking a baby aspirin every day in order to avoid cardiovascular disease, stroke, and to increase longevity in general.

The participants of the study were examined over a four-year period, starting in 2010. Researchers began the study by dividing its participants into two groups: approximately half of the participants were given 100 mg of low-dose aspirin, and the rest were given a placebo.

The shocking results of the study showed that aspirin had no effect whatsoever regarding an individual’s risk of suffering from a significant cardiac event, or from dementia or any other form of disability. On the other hand, the data showed unequivocally that people taking aspirin had a significantly higher risk of bleeding and hemorrhage.

While these results provide no information about the use of low-dose aspirin for people already suffering from cardiovascular disease, it is now clear that the accepted doctrine that baby aspirin is a safe and healthy way to forestall cardiovascular issues has been debunked.

The new recommendations state that low-dose aspirin should not be given to prevent arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease on a routine basis to older adults. As cardiologist Roger Blumenthal stated, “It’s much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and cholesterol as opposed to recommending aspirin.”

There is an overwhelming amount of research that demonstrates clearly that diet and exercise are far more important in preventing cardiovascular disease than any medicine yet discovered. It has been shown time and time again that diets rich in fruits and vegetables, coupled with regular physical activity, decrease an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as many other diseases, including cancer.

It has become common for people to want an immediate, simple solution for their problems, a solution that demands no more of them than popping a pill. But history has shown us time and time again, that there is no replacement for real effort.

Regency offers the very best care in a patient-centered environment. This means following our residents’ health carefully, listening to them, and respecting their capabilities, while helping them to achieve maximum functionality and independence — and always maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities.

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About Judah Gutwein, L.N.H.A.

As a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, with additional years of experience as an Admissions and Marketing Director, I am intimately familiar with the challenges of building and maintaining a vibrant census in nursing and rehab facilities. Regency Nursing Centers has a well deserved reputation for excellence in healthcare and I'm extremely proud of our achievements! Thanks for reading our Regency Blog!
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