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Aspirin slashes risk of stroke, say experts

A new study has claimed that taking aspirin regularly can help dramatically cut the chances of developing blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and deep vein thrombosis.

The research, which was carried out by a team of experts at Sydney University in Australia, has been published in the journal ‘Circulation’.

Aspirin is an inexpensive treatment, and one which is readily available over the counter for many people to use every single day. When you think about the numbers of people who are at risk of a stroke or a heart attack, using this cheap and easily accessible medicine could potentially help save lives.

Two groups of participants were involved in the study. One group took a placebo as treatment for conditions such as high blood pressure and deep vein thrombosis, and the other group took a daily dose of 100mg of aspirin. The group taking the daily aspirin experienced a 33% reduction in the risk of a blood vessel becoming obstructed by a clot or pulmonary embolism.

The study also found that people who suffer from blood clots that are put on an anticoagulant drug therapy for about six months benefit greatly. Doctors can always adjust the drug dose depending on other tests which determine the individual’s clot risk. The results of the study managed to show scientists that some people can switch to aspirin in order to reduce blood clot risk as opposed to relying on conventional blood thinners which might not be suitable for their individual medical situation.

Neuroscientist Doctor Madina Kara, of the Stroke Association said: “This study shows that aspirin can reduce the risk of someone developing a blood clot, which can lead to a stroke. For those patients who are otherwise unable to take warfarin or other blood-thinning medications, this offers an alternative”.

John Simes, the leading researcher on the study said, “Aspirin is cheap, but it will save the treatment costs of the many recurrent clots that are prevented. This could mean a saving of millions of healthcare pounds or dollars worldwide.”

CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Vash Mungal-Singh said that taking aspirin might be proven to be beneficial but could also carry potential risks: “Aspirin being used as a prevention for cardiovascular disease is a decision that must be made with your doctor.” he advised.

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