Don’t take an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks and strokes: American doctors reverse recommendation

The ACC and AHA said regular exercise coupled with maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tobacco as well as eating a diet rich in vegetables and low in sugar and trans fats are among the best ways to prevent cardiovascular diseases.


American doctors have reversed a very popular recommendation around the world that taking a low-dose aspirin every day can prevent a heart attack or stroke for most adults, according to guidelines released Sunday.

Doctors had said for decades that a daily 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin could prevent cardiovascular problems.

But the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association reversed the idea on Sunday after a large clinical trial found a daily low-dose aspirin had no effect on prolonging life in healthy and elderly people.

Worse, the clinical trial even suggested the pills could be linked to major hemorrhages, USA TODAY reported.

“Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people without known cardiovascular disease,” Roger Blumenthal, co-chair of the new guidelines said in a statement. “It’s much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and cholesterol as opposed to recommending aspirin.”

Blumenthal said only select people with a high risk of cardiovascular disease and low risk of bleeding might continue using the pain killer as a preventative, as told by their doctor.

The ACC and AHA said regular exercise coupled with maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tobacco as well as eating a diet rich in vegetables and low in sugar and trans fats are among the best ways to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Simon Ateba
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