Clopidogrel [Plavix] & Seniors – the Risks & Benefits

What is clopidogrel (also called Plavix)?
Most heart attacks and strokes (“brain attacks”) are caused by a blood clot within an artery.  By preventing the formation of the blood clot, we can reduce the risk of the heart attack or stroke.  Plavix, like aspirin, is a type of “blood thinner” which means it makes it more difficult for blood to clot.  Both drugs do this by interfering with the ability of platelets to clump together; platelets are small blood cells which are needed to “stick together” so that a clot can form.

 

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Making Choices – Choosing Comfort (Palliative Care) When There is no Cure

As we get older, it is natural to expect at least a few health problems.  Aches and pains seem to go hand in hand with getting older and that we will have to endure more age-related symptoms. Several studies show that older people’s fears are related to unrelieved pain and/or to loneliness following the death of a spouse or friends.

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Cancer Chemotherapy

Cancer chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is usually prescribed by oncologists (physicians with advanced training in treatment of cancer). The June 11, 2008, issue of JAMA includes an article assessing the difficult decisions cancer patients and their doctors must make about the use and extent of chemotherapy as patients near the end of life.

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