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Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent First Heart Attack or Stroke? Not So Fast
Date:1/10/2012

of taking aspirin," she said.

"For healthy individuals who are at low risk for developing heart or vascular disease, there is generally little benefit from routine aspirin use," Mora pointed out.

Goldberg added: "Aspirin is so readily available and people watch commercials about how it has saved a person's life, and go to the drug store and think 'this could save my life,' but they may not have the same situation as people in the TV commercials."

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SOURCES: Jeffrey S. Berger, M.D., director, cardiovascular thrombosis, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Stephen Kopecky, M.D., cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director, Women's Heart Program, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Samia Mora, M.D., cardiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Jan. 9, 2012, Archives of Internal Medicine, online


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