(PRWEB) July 06, 2013
Aspirin has a long medicinal history. The use of it goes back to the times of Hippocrates, who left historical records of a pain reliever being made from the bark and leaves of the willow tree. Today, aspirin is used not only as a pain reliever but also to help prevent heart attacks. Following a recent article in the Times of India, Finance Marlin urges seniors to obtain a blood test to determine aspirin resistance. FM believes that one should get the test particularly if there has already been a cardiac incident, though one should note that the findings might have to be disclosed on future health insurance applications or potential policy applications for life insurance with no medical exam required.
The concept for the blood test originated from the need to determine a person’s sensitivity to aspirin. Geoffrey Ginsburg, director of genomic medicine at Duke University’s Institute for Genomic Sciences and Policy, said, “We recognized the concept of aspirin resistance among a population of patients who have cardiac events or stroke.” Aspirin has long been used for pain relief, and in recent years, to stop the blockage of veins and arteries, helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke. The use of aspirin has become commonplace, which is why, as Finance Marlin recommends, there is all the more reason to obtain the blood test to check for aspirin resistance or sensitivity. The Editor of Finance Marlin keeps a large bottle of aspirin ready at all times-just in case.
Salicin, the main component of aspirin, was first recognized in 1829. The resulting extraction became salicylic acid and while it proved to be a worthwhile pain reliever, it was found to cause stomach upset. In 1853, acetylsalicylic acid, commonly known as buffered aspirin, was formed, but the inventor, Charles Frederick Gerhardt, didn’t want to market his product so he abandoned it. Probably not a good choice since the Bayer Company went on to create a more stable version of aspirin and has subsequently made billions from the product.
Finance Marlin urges seniors to obtain a new blood test that determines aspirin sensitivity (or lack of it) and provides a short history on the drug. The senior writer for FM said, “Better safe than sorry. I have seen aspirin (in my opinion) save a life. If I though I was having a heart attack of course I’d call 911 but I’d also grab that bottle of aspirin. I personally would want to know if I was resistant to it.”
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