New guidelines on anti-clotting drug could benefit thousands

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Government advice suggests heart attack and stroke sufferers take 60mg of ticagrelor with aspirin to help prevent further cardiovascular events

New UK guidelines recommending treatment with an anti-clotting drug that prevents heart attacks and strokes looks likely to benefit thousands.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has published draft guidance suggesting people who have had a heart attack should take 60mg of the drug ticagrelor with aspirin – a £2-per-day treatment – to reduce the risk of any further cardiovascular events.

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