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Aspirin Aids Heart Patients

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 12:52 PM

Chalk up another health benefit attributed to aspirin. New research shows heart-surgery patients who take the common painkiller for five days before an operation significantly reduce their risk of post-operative kidney failure.
The study, presented at the European Anesthesiology Congress in Paris, found aspirin cut by half the risk of kidney failure – a common and potentially life-threatening complication among heart patients.
“I believe we can say that aspirin is really a wonder drug, and its wide applications and multiple benefits are truly beyond what we could expect and certainly worthy of further studies both in bench and bedside research," said lead researcher Dr. Jianzhong Sun, an anesthesiologist and professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Sun said his team’s study involved 3,219 patients and found pre-operative aspirin therapy was associated with a reduction in acute renal failure of about three in evuery 100 patients undergoing heart bypass or valve surgery or both.
The patients were divided into two groups: those taking aspirin (between 80 and 325 milligrams per day) within five days before their operation and those not taking it.
After surgery, researchers found acute kidney failure occurred in just 3.8 percent of the patients who took aspirin and 6.7 percent who did not.
Up to 30 percent of heart surgery patients experience kidney failure or injury, which can significantly hinder recovery, Sun noted.

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