Aspirin, Plavix…and a Glass of Red to Wash Them Down

6 06 2011

You may have seen the commercials for aspirin on TV expounding the benefits in heart attack treatment and prevention. You may also have seen a similar message or the medication called Plavix. Both of these are commonly prescribed to treat coronary artery disease and are the definitive treatment du rigueur after we place a coronary stent, or coated metal tube, to help open an artery.

Scientists at LSU recently coated stents with 2 of the compounds commonly found in red wine, resveratrol and quercetin. In a study done in rats, they found these compounds lowered the amount of inflammation found around stents. Early, primary animal model research to be sure, but at least you know what kind of wine to pair with your medication.

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6 06 2011
Angela

Great news since red wine is so much more fun than aspirin!

6 06 2011
tasteofbeirut

Nice to know! Any ideas of wines, French or Californian? *just kidding

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