BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1751 (Published 21 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1751

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The pharmacodynamic effects of aspirin are reduced in people with type 2 diabetes. To test the theory that such patients might enjoy more effective platelet inhibition if aspirin was given more frequently, patients with type 2 diabetes and stable heart disease were recruited to test out different aspirin regimens. Twice daily low dose aspirin was more effective than once daily as assessed by aspirin sensitive assays and a dose dependent effect on serum levels of thromboxane B2 (Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions 2011, doi:10.1161/circinterventions.110.960187 …

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