Aspirin Should Not Be Used for Stroke Prevention in AF
October 11, 2011 (London, United Kingdom) — More evidence that aspirin is neither safe nor effective for the prevention of stroke in AF patients has come from a new Danish registry study .
The study, published in the October 2011 issue of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, was conducted by a group led by Dr Jonas Bjerring Olesen (Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, Hellerup, Denmark).
Second author Dr Gregory Lip (University of Birmingham, UK) commented to heartwire: "Our study is the largest real-world cohort study ever published looking at the use of aspirin and oral anticoagulation in AF patients, and it clearly shows that the net clinical benefit for aspirin is not positive at any level of stroke risk. It is neither safe nor effective."