Medical Practice

Regular Aspirin Intake and Acute Myocardial Infarction

Br Med J 1974; 1 doi: (Published 09 March 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;1:440


The results of two large independent studies involving a combined total of 776 patients treated in hospital with a discharge diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction and 13,898 patients with other discharge diagnoses showed a negative association between regular aspirin intake and non-fatal myocardial infarction. The data are consistent with the hypothesis that aspirin protects against this disease. Clinical trials are needed to determine whether this hypothesis is correct.

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