Aspirin might lower stroke risk for heart surgery patients

October 19, 2010 2:49:31 PM PDT
A new study finds patients who took aspirin before heart surgery suffered fewer heart attacks, stroke and other problems after their operations.

This study found, 30-days after surgery, nearly 13 percent of patients not taking aspirin experienced a heart attack, stroke or other major cardiac event, compared to only 8.6 percent in the aspirin group.

Currently, the American Heart Association recommends patients stop taking aspirin before major surgery because of the risk of excessive bleeding.

Researchers say, more research needs to be done before changing those guidelines.

The information was released at a meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.


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