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Over 1 in 10 Use Daily Aspirin Inappropriately

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(HealthDay News) — Many Americans are likely using daily low-dose aspirin inappropriately in the hopes of preventing a first-time heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that of nearly 69,000 U.S. adults prescribed aspirin long-term, about 12 percent probably should not have been.

That’s because their odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke were not high enough to outweigh the risks of daily aspirin use, said Dr. Ravi Hira, the lead researcher on the study and a cardiologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Experts have long known that for people who’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, a daily low-dose aspirin can cut the risk of suffering those conditions again.

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