Wellness Pathway #115: Take Aspirin Daily

I mentioned in this week’s Provision  that I have a congenital heart problem. I’ll mention here that I have a bicuspid aortic valve, which tends to wear out and require replacement more quickly and more often than the typical tricuspid design. About 1 in 75 people are born with my condition. Long distance running is good for my heart, because it helps to keep down my blood pressure and resting pulse rate. Explosive sports and weight lifting are bad, because they cause sudden spikes in blood pressure that put stress on the valve. My condition requires an annual echocardiogram, to be sure it isn’t deteriorating. I have good reason to stay in shape.

When I last saw my cardiologist, I gave him a list of all the heart-healthy supplements I take. He refused to comment on whether they were good or bad. He simply didn’t know. But he would say that every single cardiologist he knows takes an aspirin a day for their cardiovascular health. Now there’s new evidence, from the US Preventive Services Task Force, that the benefits of aspirin outweigh the harms if you are at risk of cardiovascular problems. Visit http://www.med-decisions.com to calculate your risk. If it’s more than 3% in the next five years, a daily low-dose aspirin regimen is probably recommended. Check with your doctor.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
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