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Relative Risk vs Absolute Risk Reduction

Relative Risk vs Absolute Risk Reduction

I have written often and spoken repeatedly to so many of my patients about relative versus absolute risk.  This is so widespread in the medical literature, scientific literature and even in all advertising.  I am always waiting for that “aha moment” when you understand how relative risk management is chicanery.  It is used to sell you product.  To amplify, inflate or conflate results. I am prompted to write this blog by a recent meta-analysis published in JAMA Neurology May 13,…

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AntiPlatelet AntiCoagulant Drugs

AntiPlatelet AntiCoagulant Drugs

Coagulation and Anticoagulatant Therapy Read part I and part II of this series for background.  So you will have a basic understanding of coagulation pathways. Yes, it is complex. Remember, coagulation or clotting starts with platelet aggregation.  That initiates the complex coagulation cascade. This causes the mature thrombus or blood clot. Aggregated platelets with a thick fibrin mesh causes the thrombus.  The thrombus causes heart attacks, strokes or thrombophlebitis.  Here is the final complete picture: So let’s discuss anticoagulant therapy…

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