Aspirin prevents heart attacks not Stroke

Aspirin in small doses is very effective in preventing a heart attack but recently it has been shown that it is not especially effective in preventing stroke caused by blood clots growing within the left atrium of the heart in millions of people around the world affected by atrial fibrillation (AF).

NICE has published its report this week highlighting the need for family and hospital Physicians to review their AF patients medication.

If you have atrial fibrillation and are NOT taking an anticoagulant check your CHADVASC risk using our calculator and if it is 2 or more see your GP.

So why is Aspirin not effective?

 

 



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Edward Leatham is a Consultant Cardiologist in Surrey and a Trustee of Haste and Haste Academy.

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