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Too many people take aspirin to prevent heart attacks, stroke, study says
Too many people take aspirin to prevent heart attacks, stroke, study says

Aspirin is a popular drug for people who’ve never had a heart attack or stroke and would like to keep it that way. But for more than one in 10 people who do so, aspirin could do more harm than good, a new study suggests. Among 68,808 patients being treated by cardiologists around the U.S., 7,972 of them were taking aspirin despite having a very low risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years. In other words, 11.6% of patients were taking the drug “inappropriately,” according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Aspirin -- also known as acetylsalicylic acid -- averts heart attacks and strokes by preventing the...

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