In a complete reversal of the advice that has been given in the past, the National Institute of Health and Care (NICE) is recommending that patients do not take aspirin to try and prevent strokes. Instead it is being recommended that patients are prescribed anticoagulant drugs to fight the formation of blood clots.
Previously, patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation have been told to take aspirin in order to thin the blood and prevent clots forming inside the bloodstream. Now medical experts from NICE are stating that the benefits of this treatment are outweighed by potential side-effects. Instead they are recommending that patients are put on newer drugs, like dabigatran etexilate and rivaroxaban, which could help to prevent 7,000 strokes and 2,000 deaths a year.
People are advised to see their GP before they stop taking any recommended medication [The Telegraph]