Don't Jump to Ticagrelor Plus Aspirin After Stroke

You'll hear ticagrelor (Brilinta) plus aspirin promoted after a MINOR ischemic stroke or high-risk TIA.

New evidence shows that taking this combo for 30 days after a minor stroke or high-risk TIA decreases the composite of death or stroke in 1 in 91 patients...compared to aspirin monotherapy.

But the benefit is mostly from reducing stroke risk...the combo doesn't seem to reduce mortality alone OR improve disability scores.

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