Medicine: Aspirin: The Cardiologist's Dream?

A homely prevention for heart disease gets mixed reviews

Medical researchers have long known that taking regular doses of aspirin lowers the incidence of heart attack in some people with cardiovascular disease, the nation's leading killer. In study after study since the 1960s, however, they have sought to determine whether aspirin can help prevent heart trouble in healthy individuals. The results have been mixed: while some studies showed that aspirin decreased the number of attacks, others failed to demonstrate any benefit at all. Last week a report in the New England Journal of Medicine found that taking one aspirin every other day dramatically reduced the risk of an initial heart...

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