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High Aspirin Dosage May Curb Heart Attack Risk in Diabetes

Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2011

New research from scientists in Canada has revealed that taking aspirin every day could offer benefits for those managing their diabetes.

The study, carried out at the University of Alberta, investigated the properties of aspirin in its use as a preventative measure for cardiovascular disease, as well as the reoccurrence in patients with type 2 diabetes. It involved analyzing information from clinical trials, to assess if taking aspirin as a course of treatment would be able to prevent a first or recurrent heart attack or stroke.

It was shown that patients who had previously experienced a cardiac episode and who also took a low dose of aspirin every day received very little benefit with regards to preventing a second heart attack or a lowering the risk of mortality. For those people who took a higher dose of aspirin every day, on the other hand, the chances of a repeat heart attack and/or death was seen to be much reduced.

Researcher Scot Simpson commented "We took all of the data from 21 studies and focused specifically on diabetic patients who had suffered a previous heart attack or stroke to measure the ability of aspirin to prevent a second event."

He added, "We found that, if those patients took up to 325 milligrams of aspirin per day, they had a 23 percent lower risk of death."

Source:, Diabetes UK July 7, 2011.

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