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Monday
Jul282014

Report: Aspirin May Increase Heart Attack Risk for Some Women

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Women taking daily doses of aspirin may be increasing their risk of suffering a heart attack.

A new study reports that nearly 23% of women carry a gene that -- when combined with aspirin -- makes them twice as likely to suffer a heart attack.

According to ABC's Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, "There may be genetic tests that identify people who will benefit from aspirin and people who will not benefit from aspirin."

"That's important because aspirin has side-effects," Dr. Besser added. "So before you start taking aspirin, talk to your doctor, understand what is your own personal risk of heart disease, and whether aspirin is right for you."


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