NSAIDS may boost bleeding risk after heart attack

February 24, 2015 5:51 PM

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(Reuters Health) - For people taking drugs to prevent blood clots after a heart attack, adding pain relievers like ibuprofen may lead to bleeding, stroke or another heart attack, according to a new study.

Anyone who has had a heart attack should be prescribed both aspirin and clopidogrel, blood thinners that make platelets less sticky and reduce the risk of clots and a second heart attack, said lead author Dr. Anne-Marie Schjerning Olsen, of Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, Hellerup, Denmark.

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