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Low-dose aspirin to prevent a cardiac event.

Because clogged center arteries put patients at an elevated risk for heart attack and sudden death, medical guidelines advise that they use low-dose aspirin to prevent upcoming cardiovascular events daily. Regular use of asprin, however, poses a small risk for higher gastrointestinal bleeding. The abdomen normally has a protective coating to prevent acid-related damage. But aspirin and additional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, impair the stomach’s capability to form this barrier coating, possibly resulting in ulcer formation, explains Saini. Furthermore, these medicines may themselves cause problems for stomach cells directly, and can impair the ability of platelets to create a plug in case of bleeding.