Heart-friendly pill

Published: Friday 15 May 1998

Aspirin helps protect our hearts. True. Small, regular doses of aspirin can actually reduce risks of heart attacks. This is usually attributed to the pill's effect on the blood cells called platelets, which are involved in blood clotting (heart attacks are commonly caused by blood clots). However, aspirin may also improve how well blood vessels work, says a new study. Among 19 people, researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, USA, found that patients with hardening of the arteries experienced an improvement in blood-vessel function after receiving aspirin ( Circulation, Vol 97, No 4).

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