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Stopping Aspirin When on a Blood Thinner Lowers Risk of Bleeding, Study Finds

September 19, 2022

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If you’re already taking one blood thinner, mounting research suggests you might not need to take a second one. Researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed over 6,700 people treated at anticoagulation clinics across Michigan for venous thromboembolism, or blood clots, as well as atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that can cause a stroke. Geoffrey Barnes, M.D., senior author of the study and a cardiologist at the University of Michigan Health, discusses in her studies that aspirin can lead to more bleeding in some patients, so using it when needed is something to be more cautious of in the future.

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