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March 3, 2010

Aspirin as Preventive Therapy in Patients With Asymptomatic Vascular Disease

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Departments of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and Hematology, and Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

JAMA. 2010;303(9):880-882. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.223

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the western world and a leading cause of death worldwide. Assessing patients' cardiovascular risk may be used to target preventive treatments to asymptomatic individuals at high risk for future CVD events. For these high-risk individuals, strategies including medication, diet, and comprehensive lifestyle approaches have been shown to improve cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.1