12% of patients taking aspirin unnecessarily for heart attack prevention

January 15, 2015 12:56 AM

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12% of patients taking aspirin unnecessarily for heart attack prevention

A new study reveals that many Americans prefer using low dose of Aspirin daily with the expectation that it would reduce the risk of stroke. A report appeared in Philly.Com suggests that around 69,000 adults in US are long term Aspirin users and nearly 12 percent amongst them shouldn’t have been so, found the researchers.

“That’s because their odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke were not high enough to outweigh the risks of daily aspirin use”, said Dr. Ravi Hira, the lead researcher and cardiologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

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