New Pointers Advise Towards Each day Low-Dose Aspirin for Most Individuals

Aspirin proves to be unhealthy to take everyday

It's no longer recommended as a preventative for older adults who don't have a high risk or existing heart disease, according to guidelines announced Sunday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. They come on the heels of studies released past year that said daily low-dose aspirin - 100 milligrams or less - did not help older adults who do not have cardiovascular disease.

She emphasized, though, that people who have had heart attacks or have stents should continue with the medication.

You should consult your doctor before making any changes to your current routine.

But personally, says Campbell, "I would advocate a healthy lifestyle, quit smoking, and modify risk factors before I even consider aspirin therapy in a patient with no known cardiovascular disease". Aspirin became increasingly used for the objective of preventing a first heart attack after studies in the 1980s and 1990s showed a benefit.

Instead, doctors recommend keeping blood pressure and cholesterol low and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. "Fewer people should be taking aspirin" for this objective, he added. These guidelines apply to people who have not been previously diagnosed with heart disease.

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Another popular maintenance drug for preventing heart attack and stroke is now being questioned after a study revealed that it might be causing more harm than good to elderly patients.

A co-chair of the new guidelines said, "It's much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and cholesterol as opposed to recommending aspirin".

In this guideline, ACC/AHA experts offer science-based guidance that aspirin should only rarely be used to help prevent heart attacks and stroke in people without known cardiovascular disease.

The authors of the new guidelines said low-dose aspirin should not be routinely given as a preventive measure to adults 70 years and older or to any adult who has an increased risk of bleeding. Recent research suggests that the chance of bleeding, given the blood-thinning effect of aspirin, may be too high and the evidence of benefit - the number of heart attacks or strokes that are actually prevented - is not sufficient enough to make a daily aspirin worth taking for most adults in this setting. People at higher risk for heart disease include those with a strong family history of it.

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