A new algorithm outlines factors doctors should consider when deciding whether or not a patient would benefit from a daily dose of aspirin.
Approximately 50 million people in the United States take a daily aspirin to treat or prevent heart disease. Of these, at least half take more than 100 milligrams of the drug—more than one baby aspirin—a day. Although aspirin has been widely used in cardiovascular medicine over the past 20 to 30 years, a review of research papers suggests that the widely used over-the-counter medicine does not benefit everyone to the same degree.
“In this paper we highlight gaps in knowledge where we don’t fully know if aspirin should be used or not,” says Anthony A. Bavry of the University of Florida.
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