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Aspirin has an important inhibitory effect on platelets in the blood. Platelets are needed in order for blood clots to form. Because aspirin inhibits blood clotting, it is used to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke and near-stroke (transient ischemic attack). It is similarly used to prevent heart attacks and treat heart attacks. Besides aspirin, there are other antiplatelet agents that prevent blood from clotting. These include thienopyridines and glycoprotein IIB/IIa inhibitors.

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