Don’t discount aspirin for DVT prevention

New study finds common drug a possible treatment option to prevent blood clots in knee replacement patients

Taking aspirin to prevent blood clots after knee surgery may be a safe and effective alternative to currently recommended treatments that are often costlier and riskier, according to preliminary results from a study presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting by Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA. The study found that patients taking aspirin had less risk of developing blood clots than patients taking other blood-thinning drugs. They also faced a similar risk compared to patients receiving injectable drugs.

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