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Aspirin Should Not Be Used Routinely for Prevention of First Heart Attack or Stroke

October 20, 2021

From the Everyday Health website

Adults age 60 and older who are at risk of heart disease should not start taking a daily low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, according to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a panel of 16 independent experts appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The recommendation, not yet finalized, is based on evidence that has accumulated over the past few years showing that the risk of potentially fatal internal bleeding caused by regular aspirin use may be greater than the preventive benefits.

“This update will bring the USPSTF recommendations more in line with the current recommendations of other national organizations, such as the American Heart Association (AHA),” says John Wilkins, MD, a cardiologist and an associate professor of medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. “It’s good to review evidence and update recommendations accordingly — that’s the nature of science,” he says.

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