How do NSAIDs prevent strokes and heart disease?

Aspirin is the only NSAID used as a blood thinner for people at risk of stroke or heart attack. By thinning the blood, aspirin helps to regulate blood pressure and circulate blood to the heart and brain, preventing clots that cause strokes and heart attacks. Other types of NSAIDs actually increase heart attack and stroke risk. 

People who must take aspirin to prevent strokes and heart attacks take on new risks, since extended use of NSAIDs can cause ulcers, kidney and liver disease and gastrointestinal bleeding. Despite the dangers of the extended use of NSAIDs, some people must continue to take NSAIDs to avoid serious conditions.

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