Aspirin before a clot busting drug is more effective than after

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:561
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Patients who have had a heart attack and take aspirin before taking clot busting drugs are more likely to survive than those who take the drugs in reverse order, researchers have found.

    It is not clear why the order makes a difference, but the reduction in mortality may indicate that aspirin improves the restoration of blood flow to the heart, according to Dr Dov Freimark of Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Hashomer, Israel, lead author of the study (American Journal of Cardiology 2002;89:381-5).

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