If aspirin therapy is part of your daily routine, don't stop taking it without consulting your cardiologist. A study released at the Annual Chest Meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians found up to 5% of stable heart attack patients who stopped their daily aspirin regimen were at risk for another heart event within a week of stopping aspirin therapy. The French researchers say some stopped taking aspirin due to surgery or dental work, while others just quit.
New research is putting a face on patients who head to their local emergency room even though the problem is not urgent. In the past, non-emergency care in the ER has been linked to the large number of Americans who don't have insurance. But now, research from a Washington think-tank finds people with insurance account for the biggest increase in emergency room visits simply because of convenience. With all the red tape that comes with managed care, a patient can see a doctor in the ER, have some tests and get the results, all in one visit and at any time of the day or night. The problem? That casual treatment in the ER is a major cause of emergency room overcrowding.