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Docs Be Alerted, Don’t Prescribe Aspirin Before Non-Cardiac Surgery Says New Research

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Usually aspirin is given to patients before non-cardiac surgery, but a new study warns doing it. It says the drug does more harm than good. It causes bleeding and does not helps in preventing the heart attacks.

The research was done by an Australian anaesthetist involving in a 23-country study.
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In Australia and New Zealand alone millions of people undergo every year the non-cardiac surgery and about 20 percent of the patients are advised to take aspirin.

The new study was led by Professor Leslie and he says the new finding is a dramatic change and it will be leading to new medical guidelines.

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and it was based on 10,000 patients. It also found that clonidine, a blood pressure drug, should not be prescribed before the surgery as a preventive measure.

However, the researchers have not mentioned anything about not prescribing the drug for patients undergoing to heart surgery. They have not also questioned for the everyday benefits of aspirin.

Professor Leslie added further, “We recommend patients stop taking aspirin three or more days before surgery that is not on the heart… They can start taking it again about five days after their operation.”

He also mentioned some patients may benefit from aspirin if they are at high risk of clotting at the time of surgery or also have risk of a stroke.

The researchers though revealed the confusion about the benefits of both the drugs, but didn’t offer any solution for all those who suffer a heart attack during the surgery or after it.

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