(NEW YORK) — Doctors and drug makers agree: taking an aspirin regularly can help fight heart attacks. But what’s on the outside of that aspirin could make a difference, a new study suggests.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say if you need aspirin — because you’ve had a heart attack, blocked arteries or other complications — you’re better off taking a pill that’s not coated.
Coated aspirin, which is designed to prevent stomach ulcers, takes longer to dissolve. That means it could take your blood longer to get circulating in a way that helps your heart.
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Virginia Anderson, Kaiser Health News
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