Posts Tagged ‘VTE’

Benefits of Aspirin for Prevention of Recurrent VTE

Posted by • November 9th, 2012

For thousands of years the bark and leaves of the willow tree have been used for alleviation of fever, aches and pains.  The Ebers Papyrus, which dates from 1500 BC and is one of the oldest surviving medical texts, mentions the use of  willow as an important component of Ancient Egyptian pharmacopeia. However, it wasn’t… Read More…

Aspirin and Venous Thromboembolism: A New Chapter in the Story of the “Wonder Drug”?

Posted by • May 23rd, 2012

Salicylates hold an enduring place in the history of medical therapeutics. Hippocrates suggested salicin-rich preparations of willow bark and myrtle for the treatment of pain and fever in the 5th century B.C.E., and acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) was first marketed as a purified drug by Friedrich Bayer & Co. as far back as 1899[1]. From the… Read More…

Oral Rivaroxaban for Symptomatic Venous Thromboembolism

Posted by • December 22nd, 2010

“I do not like to state an opinion on a matter unless I know the precise facts.” –    Albert Einstein, quoted in The New York Times, August 12, 1945. Well, Professor, the facts are these: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common and potentially fatal problem.  Once clinicians have overcome the hurdle of accurate diagnosis and… Read More…