Aspirin therapy improperly prescribed in one in 10 patients, study finds

January 14, 2015 4:52 PM

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While taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks or strokes has been proven to be an effective strategy, it is not recommended for everyone, and for many the risks outweigh the benefits. However, according to a recent study, aspirin is inappropriately prescribed over 10 percent of the time. The study, led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The FDA has acknowledged this risk, and in March 2014 they issued a consumer update regarding the use of aspirin for the primary prevention of a heart attack or stroke.

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