July 6, 2010
At A Glance
UI study on aspirin seeks adults age 70 and older
Adults age 70 and older in good health are invited to participate in a University of Iowa study on whether the benefits of using aspirin to prolong a life free of cognitive or physical decline outweigh the risks.
The study, called ASPREE, is funded by the National Institute on Aging. The study compares the use of low-dose aspirin to placebo (inactive substance).
Half of the participants will be randomly assigned to receive 100 milligrams of aspirin once a day, and the other half will receive placebo once a day. Participation involves up to six visits to the UI Clinical Research Center and about 18 telephone contacts over five to six years.
People with heart disease or past heart attacks, serious illnesses, allergy to aspirin or significant thinking or memory problems are not eligible to participate. In addition, people at risk of serious bleeding or on any blood-thinning drugs may not enroll.
UI Health Care program makes vascular screening easy
The University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center is offering an easy way for people to get screened for peripheral arterial disease. Nearly 10 million Americans are at risk for this serious vascular disease, which has few warning signs but is associated with stroke, heart attack or sudden death.
In the past, screening usually involved physician referral. Now, people can directly schedule the three simple, painless tests in one visit -- carotid artery ultrasound, abdominal aortic ultrasound and ankle brachial index.
Candidates for screening include adults age 50 and older with any of these risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity or family history of stroke, heart or vascular disease.
The fee of $95 for all three screenings is not covered by insurance but is reimbursable through flexible spending.
To learn more, call 319-356-2777 or visit http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/uiheartcare/vra.html.
Alumni Association hosts booth at Freight House Farmers’ Market in Davenport July 10
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