Onset of coronary events occur within one week of aspirin withdrawal
Patients with coronary artery disease who stop taking aspirin may be at risk for developing withdrawal-related coronary events, says a new study presented at CHEST 2003, the 69th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). The study found that previously stable coronary patients experienced coronary events, including unstable angina and myocardial infarction (heart attack), within one week of aspirin withdrawal.
"The benefits of aspirin therapy in coronary patients are well known. However, the effects that aspirin withdrawal has on this group of patients are just now being studied," said lead author Emile Ferrari, MD, Professor of Cardiology, University Hospital Pasteur, Nice, France. "Our study shows that aspirin therapy can not be safely stopped in any case, but especially in patients with a history of coronary disease."
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