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Taking aspirin before coronary artery surgery does not increase deaths or bleeding, study shows

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 29 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1173
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Taking aspirin before coronary artery surgery is not associated with an increased risk of death, bleeding, or thrombotic complications, a randomised trial1 has shown. The trial showed that there was no need for patients taking aspirin to stop before cardiac surgery.

Most patients with coronary artery disease take aspirin to reduce their risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and death. Aspirin inhibits platelet …

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