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Stopping aspirin therapy may raise heart attack, stroke risk

STOCKHOLM: Stopping low-dose aspirin therapy without good reason raises the likelihood of heart attack or stroke by nearly 40 percent, a large Swedish study suggests. Doctors commonly prescribe daily low-dose aspirin after a heart attack to reduce the risk of having a second cardiovascular event. But about one in six patients stop taking their aspirin within three years, the study authors note in Circulation. “(Low-dose aspirin) makes the platelets in the blood less likely to form blood clots, and this is especially…