Aspirin for First-Line Heart Attack Prevention

There is still no consensus; the benefits must be weighed against the risks.

Aspirin’s ability to prevent platelets from sticking together makes this cheap, readily available drug valuable for preventing blood clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke. There’s no question that aspirin has value in secondary prevention—that is, in preventing a second heart attack or stroke. Aspirin is one of several medications routinely prescribed to […]

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