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Potential health risks using an aspirin a day

Experts have recently reviewed evidence about the benefits of taking aspirin each day, including a 10 per cent drop in heart attacks and stroke, and a 15 per cent drop in heart disease.

But daily use of the drug is also known in some cases to cause complications such as internal bleeding and haemorrhagic stroke – a stroke caused by a burst blood vessel rather than a blockage.

Aileen Clarke, Professor of Public Health Research at Warwick University, said: “There is an incredibly fine balance between the possible benefits and the risks of the intervention.

“We need to be extremely careful about over-promoting aspirin intervention without having first fully understood these negative sideeffects.”

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