Aspirin Should Be Preferred to Prevent Blood Clots in Kids after Heart Surgery

A new study, led by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, suggests that aspirin should be preferred over warfarin to prevent blood clotting in children after a surgery that replumbs their hearts.Aspirin Should Be Preferred to Prevent Blood Clots in Kids after Heart Surgery

For the study, scientists analyzed data of 121 patients enrolled in the Australian and New-Zealand Fontan (ANZ) Registry. The results of the analysis showed that stroke was common regardless of which medication the patient received, but participants who took warfarin had poorer bone mineral density and had an increased risk of bleeding.

MCRI Dr. Chantal Attard, the lead author of the study, said that the aspirin findings were a relief as the medication was much easier to manage and would benefit other families whose children required the procedure in the future.

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