May 5, 2014 5:50 PM

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PROVIDENCE — Taking a daily 81-milligram aspirin tablet is considered by many a preventive measure against heart attack, the leading cause of death in adults. And for good reason — aspirin inhibits blood clotting, the cause of most heart attacks.

But recent analyses suggest the benefits of aspirin for preventing heart attack should be balanced against the risks of stomach bleeding and/or a brain hemorrhage from the drug.

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