Why aspirin guidelines are changing when it comes to preventing heart disease

The recommendation of an aspirin a day to prevent heart attack and stroke may be changing.

Although the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has not issued a final recommendation on the use of aspirin in cardiovascular disease prevention, it's a good time for you to talk with your health care provider.

"Evidence is pointing to the fact that we're not seeing a benefit from using low-dose aspirin for reducing risk in patients who don't already have cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Demilade Adedinsewo, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. "Further, the evidence has been pointing toward increased bleeding risk in older patients, specifically those older than 60 who take low-dose aspirin for primary prevention."

Based on research, Dr. Adedinsewo says that the task force has revised its recommendation about who should take aspirin for prevention of heart disease prevention among people who do not have a history of heart disease.

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