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February 5, 2005

Stroke warning on aspirin therapy

Topics: Medicine

Stroke survivors who stop taking their daily prescription of aspirin triple the risk of another stroke within a month, research suggests.

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Aspirin has been shown to cut the risk of recurrent stroke by about 25%.

But Swiss research suggests the protective effect is rapidly lost when aspirin is no longer taken.

If confirmed, the findings may prompt a rethink of the current advice that patients stop taking aspirin in the days before undergoing minor surgery.

Each year in England and Wales, more than 130,000 people have a stroke and, of these, more than 53,000 are recurrent strokes. The researchers say their work underlines the importance of complying with therapy.

Posted by Hyscience at February 5, 2005 11:36 AM



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