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Acetyl Salicylic Acid in Elderly Patients

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Nina Enthaler

Question

Can secondary prevention by acetyl salicylic acid (ASA) treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD) and cerebral ischemia reduce cardiovascular risk?

Answer

A subgroup analysis of a large (but possibly flawed) randomised controlled study showed a signficant risk reduction in patients over 75 years treated by ASA as secondary prevention of cerebral ischemia. A specific analysis for CAD, however, was not done. There is insufficient evidence to draw final conclusions about efficacy of ASA in secondary prevention in elderly patients.


(State: 11.01.2013)

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