Halt aspirin, have a heart attack?

Ceasing prophylactic aspirin immediately raises the risk of heart attack and stroke, study finds.

People who cease low-dose aspirin prophylaxis have an immediately higher risk of heart attack and stroke that persists for years, research shows.


Rates of major cardiovascular events rose by 46% among people who were taking low-dose aspirin for secondary prevention but discontinued treatment, a retrospective study of more than 600,000 aspirin users in Sweden found.

The increased risk was seen within a week of stopping aspirin and equated to an additional cardiovascular event per year for one in 36 people taking the medication for secondary