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Low dose aspirin helps prevent ischaemic stroke in women

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:558
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

A large study examining the benefits of low dose aspirin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in women found no significant benefit in the reduction of heart attacks or death from cardiovascular causes, but a significant benefit in the reduction of ischaemic stroke. The findings, which were presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in Florida this week, are available online ( and will be published in the New England Journal of Medicine on 31 March.

The researchers randomised 39 876 healthy women aged 45 years or older to receive 100 mg of aspirin every other day, or placebo, and then monitored them for …

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