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Clinical Research

United Kingdom transient ischaemic attack (UK-TIA) aspirin trial: interim results

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988; 296 doi: (Published 30 January 1988) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988;296:316
  1. Uk-Tia Study Group


    From 1979 to 1985, 2435 patients thought to have had a transient ischaemic attack or minor ischaemic stroke were allocated at random to receive long term blind treatment with either aspirin 600 mg twice daily (n=815), aspirin 300 mg once daily (806), or placebo (814). Treatment continued with about 85% compliance until September 1986 (mean four years). The odds of suffering one or more of four categories of event—namely, non-fatal myocardial infarction, non-fatal major stroke, vascular death, or non-vascular death—were 18% less in the two groups allocated to receive aspirin than in the group allocated to receive placebo (2p=0·01). The more relevant but less frequent composite event of disabling stroke or vascular death was reduced by only 7%; this reduction was not significantly different from zero, but nor was it significantly different from a 25% reduction. There was no definite difference between responses to the 300 mg and 1200 mg daily doses, except that the lower dose was significantly less gastrotoxic.