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Aspirin and Statins:  Facts and Myths
Charles H. Hennekens

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Tens of millions of Americans are taking aspirin and statins and their use increases with age. This lecture will be a practical guide to the lay-person to understand the numerous facts and myths about aspirin and statins in treatment and prevention of disease. will address numerous frequently asked questions. For each question a brief and succinct statement of the facts and the myths will be discussed. The allotted time will be divided into three periods, the first on aspirin, the second on statins and, following the break, the last to answer any audience queries posed. The outcome will be to educate the lay-audience to the facts, confirm the true benefits and risks, and allay anxieties deriving from the myriad of myths about the perceived benefits and risks of these adjunctive drug therapies of life-saving benefit.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Professor and Dr. Charles H. Hennekens was the first to discover that aspirin prevents a first heart attack and has life saving benefits when given during or after a heart attack.  He was also the first to demonstrate that the benefits of aspirin and statins are, at the very least, additive.  He is currently the first Sir Richard Doll Professor and Senior Academic Advisor to the Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. He has a BS, Phi Beta Kappa from Queens College, MD from Cornell, and Dr.PH in epidemiology from Harvard.  He was formerly the first John Snow Professor of Medicine and first Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and first Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. From 1995 to 2005 he was the 3rd most widely cited medical researcher in the world and 5 of the top 20 were his former fellows and/or trainees. In 2012 Professor Hennekens was ranked number 81 in the history of the world, two ahead of Professor Jonas Salk who developed the vaccine for polio, for having saved 1.1 million lives.  In 2013, Professor Hennekens was awarded the Fries Prize for improving health for his seminal work on aspirin, statins, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and receptor blockers as well as beta adrenergic blockers.  In 2014, he received the Ochsner Award for his pioneer research on cigarette smoking and health.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:45 am
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of eight events
Door price member/non-member - $25

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