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Experts OK Antiplatelets and PPIs for Heart Patients With GI Bleeding Risks

Rebecca Voelker
JAMA. 2011;305(2):135-136. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1907.
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After 2 years of confusion and anxiety from conflicting research results, physicians have new guidance in determining which patients with cardiovascular disease who take antiplatelet therapy will reap the most benefit from also taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.

Experts say patients with heart disease who take antiplatelet drugs to prevent a thrombus and are at risk for gastrointestinal bleeding can safely take proton pump inhibitors.

(Photo credit: Pietro M. Motta, MD, PhD/www.sciencesource.com)

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Experts say patients with heart disease who take antiplatelet drugs to prevent a thrombus and are at risk for gastrointestinal bleeding can safely take proton pump inhibitors.

(Photo credit: Pietro M. Motta, MD, PhD/www.sciencesource.com)

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