Aspirin has been proven to prevent platelets from clotting together and blocking arteries, which can cause heart attacks and stroke.
If you're a healthy older adult looking for ways to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, don't turn to that age-old standby: daily low-dose aspirin.
This study doesn't show whether or not aspirin prevents heart disease - rather, it shows that its risks might cancel out its benefits.
Nearly 80 percent of all heart disease can be prevented with lifestyle modifications, according to the Heart Association.
Doctors say it's better to advocate for a healthy lifestyle and to urge smokers to quit than to recommend "daily aspirin therapy" to those without cardiovascular disease. These guidelines apply to people who have not been previously diagnosed with heart disease.
Dr. Chauhan adds that patients should only follow their doctor's advice and not initiate or discontinue an aspirin regimen on their own.
" Clinicians need to be very selective in recommending aspirin for people without known heart disease", said Dr. Roger Blumenthal, co-chair of the 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Main Avoidance of Heart Disease, in a declaration.
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That's as long as there is no increased risk for internal bleeding. They come on the heels of studies released a year ago that said daily low-dose aspirin - 100 milligrams or less - did not help older adults who do not have cardiovascular disease.
The American Heart Association issued this statement to FOX31 saying, "It is recommended that aspirin should only rarely be used to help prevent heart attacks and stroke in people without known cardiovascular disease". As with any medication, don't start or stop using it without speaking with your doctor first.
Patients should consult their primary care doctor or cardiovascular physician before beginning or stopping the taking of aspirin.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association are recommending that low-dose aspirin be used strictly on a case by case basis.
"At study enrollment, participants could not have dementia or a physical disability and had to be free of medical conditions requiring aspirin use".
Aspirin did not help prevent cancer as had been hoped.
The ACC and AHA say regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco and eating a diet rich in vegetables and low in sugar and trans fats are among the best ways to prevent cardiovascular disease.