For years, low-dose aspirin has been described as a panacea to heart attack, strokes and other cardiovascular disease. New guidelines, though, suggest that aspirin should not be given to those who are in good health.
The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association has published the new guidelines on Sunday. Low-dose aspirin – 100 milligrams or less – did not help older adults who do not have cardiovascular disease. Those results, published in articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, surprised physicians and patients who aspirin believed that they would prevent any number of heart-related ills.
"The guidelines are for people with no clinical signs of heart disease or stroke," said one of the authors authors, dr. He is an associate director of preventive cardiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in an interview on Monday.
"They should still take aspirin," she added.
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Patients should consult their primary care doctor or cardiovascular physician before beginning to stop taking the aspirin.
Dr , Michos said she had not been diagnosed with any cardiovascular disease to stop taking aspirin.
Instead, the guidelines recommend several behavioral changes to ensure a healthy heart. 150 minutes a week and a diet that includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and fish.
Last year, one study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found no benefit in aspirin in low-risk patients. Another found that diabetics with cardiovascular disease could benefit from low-dose aspirin, but there is a risk of major bleeding. The third study found that there were a lot of doses. These findings applied to people with no history of dementia, physical disability, heart attacks or strokes.