Aspirin for Primary Cardiovascular Prevention: When Is It Worth the Risks?

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Low-dose aspirin is widely used by individuals to prevent first myocardial infarction and stroke. Although many health care professionals and patients believe that aspirin is safe and effective, the evidence is far from conclusive. As a result, current practice guidelines are inconsistent and leave practitioners with many unanswered questions. Because aspirin is available without prescription, pharmacists may often be the only health care professional positioned to advise and educate the patient.

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