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By the way, doctor: Why two anti-inflammatories?

Updated: February 01, 2009

Q. I read about statins having anti-inflammatory effects and lowering CRP levels. So why are we now being told that some people need to take two anti-inflammatories — aspirin and a statin?

A. Aspirin and the statin drugs probably work in different ways to help reduce cardiovascular risks, and it's not clear that suppressing inflammation is the important feature of either of them.

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