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Aspirin reduces postoperative cardiac complications

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Patients who receive aspirin before undergoing heart surgery have a reduced risk of postoperative complications, according to US researchers.

A Thomas Jefferson University study found heart bypass patients who received aspirin before an operation were 33 per cent less likely than patients who did not receive the drug to suffer from stroke, myocardial ischemia, heart block and cardiac arrest within 30 days of the procedure.

The study, which involved 1,148 patients, was presented last week at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual conference.

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  • my brother underwent cardiac surgery of cabg x2 arteries having taken asprin 75mg pre operatively having stopped 5 days prior to surgery and he bled post operatively recieving 250 units of plasma . therefore not all patients may fit this cateogry.

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