Medical matters: A wonder drug but not without risks

Those of you who read this column regularly will know by now that I am a big believer in preventive health. Leading a healthy lifestyle is key to this, but over the past number of years there has been an increased focus on the preventive benefits of

16th April, 2011

Aspirin is well known to reduce the chance of further heart attack or stroke in those with known cardiovascular disease, but should it be taken by those who are otherwise well? And what are the real benefits and risks of doing this? Aspirin interferes with the blood’s clotting mechanism. In those with narrowing of the arteries, a clot forming in a blood vessel can be life threatening, and can lead to a heart attack or...

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