Warning for heart patients who quit aspirin

July 20, 2011 4:17:59 PM PDT
A new study in the British Medical Journal finds that discontinuing aspirin raises heart attack risk by nearly two-thirds.

Researchers say, despite medical advice, up to half of long term users are believed to stop taking aspirin. This puts them at a 60 percent greater risk of a nonfatal heart attack.

Low-dose aspirin is recommended for all heart disease patients to help prevent blood clots.

Researchers say, no matter what the medication is, never stop taking it before talking to your doctor.