Asprin - Strokes

Aspirin is one of the great medicines used today.

It is not only a good pain killer, but also a good blood thinner.

Because of its blood thinning effects, it is used to prevent heart attacks and strokes which are due to clogged arteries.

However, there is a downside to using aspirin.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there is an increase in bleeding into the brain causing a different kind of stroke, one due to the hemorrhage.

The doctors showed that the benefits of preventing heart attacks and strokes due to clogging, outweighed the risk of strokes due to bleeding.

Aspirin is great but must be used with caution.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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