STENT PATIENTS SHOULD USE ANIT-CLOTTING DRUGS LONGER

Nov 17, 2014

By Andy Johnson

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Millions of people with stents that prop open clogged heart arteries may need anti-clotting drugs much longer than the one year doctors currently recommend. That’s the result of a study which found that that taking the medicines for an additional eighteen months lowers the risk of heart attacks, clots and other problems. People who continued to take aspirin plus a second type of blood thinner, were less likely to have another heart problem than those who took aspirin alone. However, researchers caution that patients need to discuss their own situation with their doctors, because the drugs can carry a risk of bleeding. Results were discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Chicago.

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