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Aspirin causes strokes?

1st May 2007

New research has suggested that taking aspirin to prevent strokes may actually be putting people at more risk of an attack.

Research has shown that in the past 25 years the number of strokes associated with blood-thinning drugs like aspirin or warfarin has risen seven-fold.  Healthy older people are of a particular concern to researchers who say they may be doing themselves more harm than good by taking the drugs.  Oxford University Neurologist Peter Rothwell studied the causes of almost 1,000 strokes over a four year period and found that the incidence of strokes has risen in direct proportion to the numbers of people taking blood-thinning drugs.

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