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Newest Miracle Use for Old Aspirin–Preventing Recurrent Blood Clots

Australian investigators show that there is significant value in using aspirin to prevent blood clots in patients who have previously had one.

Blood clots in veins can lead to life-threatening complications, including pulmonary embolism. New research from Australia suggests that aspirin could reduce the risk of recurrent venous thromembolism or VTE.

People who have had one clot are at a substantial risk for developing another. These patients are treated with anticoagulant medications. Traditionally, they were put on warfarin, but newer-generation anticoagulants such as Eliquis are now becoming popular.

The trouble is that such drugs are pricey and pose a risk of serious bleeding. The Australian investigators analyzed data from more than 1,200 patients who had experienced a serious blood clot. After the initial treatment with warfarin was discontinued, they were given 100 mg of coated Bayer aspirin or placebo daily. The aspirin cut the risk of a recurrence by about 40 percent without significantly increasing the risk of hemorrhage. The authors concluded that humble aspirin is a useful treatment against recurrent blood clots.

[Circulation, online August 25, 2014]

At The People’s Pharmacy, we were very pleased to learn that aspirin could be useful in preventing a recurrence of deep vein thrombosis. This old-fashioned drug may not get much respect, but it is powerful as well as versatile. Learn more from our free Guide to Key Aspirin Information.

5/10/18 redirected to:  https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/articles/how-do-you-weigh-the-benefits-and-risks-of-aspirin/

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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