Low-dose aspirin should no longer be taken to prevent first heart attack, stroke: panel


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US Preventive Services Task Force allows public comments on the matter until November 8

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Low-dose aspirin should no longer be prescribed to try to prevent earlier heart attacks or strokes, a panel from an influential health guidelines group said Tuesday in a preliminary updated advisory.

The US Preventive Services Task Force said in draft guidance that the bleeding risk for adults age 60 and older outweighs any potential benefit from the drug.


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In particular, the panel also said That there may be a small benefit for adults in their 40s who have no bleeding risk, while the evidence for benefit for people in their 50s is less clear.

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“Daily aspirin use may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in some people, but it can also cause potentially serious harm, such as internal bleeding,” said task force member Dr. John Wong. said in a release. “It is important that people who are 40 to 59 years old and who do not have a history of heart disease decide together with their doctor whether it is right for them to start taking aspirin.”

recommendations are Meaning for obese people, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other issues that increase the chances of a heart attack or stroke.

If the advice is finalised, it would reverse recommendations issued by the panel five years ago – and reportedly in line with recent guidance from other medical groups.

to look for signs of a blood clot

While the US Preventive Services Task Force has previously said that taking daily aspirin for some adults in their 50s and 60s may help protect against colorectal cancer, the new guidance said more evidence of benefit is needed.

Low-dose aspirin has long been recommended for patients who have already had a heart attack or stroke, and a CDC study on the use of aspirin for the prevention of heart disease found got mixed results.

NS American Heart Institute Note that the benefits and risks of daily low-dose aspirin vary and advise people not to take the drug without first talking to a doctor.

Aspirin is used as a pain reliever and a blood thinner that can reduce the chance of blood clots but there are risks even at low doses, including ulcers or bleeding in the digestive tract.

The low dosage of aspirin is 81 mg to 100 mg, According to The New York Times.

group with permission public comments On the matter till November 8, when it will evaluate and make a final decision.

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