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FDA Approves Blood Thinner Brilinta for Heart Patients
Date:7/20/2011

oted in its approval, that benefit vanished when higher doses of aspirin were used.

Speaking at the time, Dr. Jeffrey S. Berger, assistant professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular thrombosis at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said that "the study highlights that if one chooses to use ticagrelor in subjects with acute coronary syndromes, it would be logical to use aspirin 81 milligrams per day (and not 325 mg daily)."

He added that, "there is little reason to ever use aspirin 325 mg except in the acute setting of a heart attack or stroke. A higher aspirin dose (325 mg versus 81 mg) increases the risk of bleeding without increasing the efficacy of the drug."

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Find out more about preventing heart attack at the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

-- HealthDay Staff

SOURCES: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, July 20, 2011; Jeffrey S. Berger, M.D., assistant professor, medicine and director, cardiovascular thrombosis, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City


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