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Aspirin not dangerous for heart failure patients

Some doctors gave expressed concerns about the safety of aspirin for heart failure patients. A new study from the USA appears to refuse that fear and offers patients some reassurance.

The study published in JACC: Heart Failure found that in a group of 2 300 patients taking daily aspirin, they were not at heightened risk of being hospitalised for, or dying from, heart failure.

“I think this should allay fears that there might be a detrimental effect of prescribing aspirin,” said Homma. He is deputy chief of cardiology at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City.

Dr Christopher O’Connor is a cardiologist and editor-in-chief of the journal. He agreed that the findings are reassuring. Compared with the earlier, smaller studies, O’Connor said, “This one is probably closer to the truth.” O’Connor said he thinks the results have “immediate implications” for heart failure care.