Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has always been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks don't outweigh the benefits for most other folks according to new guidelines.
It's important to note that the changes in the ACC and AHA guidelines offer more precise criteria with regard to appropriate aspirin use in individuals who have not previously experienced a cardiac event (primary prevention). Studies On Low-Dose Aspirin Therapy Low-Dose aspirin therapy works by blocking the inflammation-causing enzyme cyclooxygenase and slowing down the formation of blood clots.
Those patients who have met with their physicians and they have known heart disease or had a cardiovascular event those are the people that definitely benefit form continued low dose aspirin therapy. "It's much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and cholesterol as opposed to recommending Aspirin". "Aspirin should be limited to people at the highest risk of cardiovascular disease and a very low risk of bleeding".
The change comes after a significant worldwide study found that even at low dosages, long-term use of aspirin might be damaging- without providing any advantage- for older individuals who have not now had a heart attack or stroke. "Ultimately, we must individualize treatment for each patient, based on their individual situation", Campbell said.
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In addition, 5.9 percent of participants taking aspirin had an increased risk of death compared to 5.2 percent taking a placebo.
"We found there was no discernible benefit of aspirin on prolonging independent, healthy life for the elderly", Anne Murray, a geriatrician and epidemiologist at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis and a lead author of the study, told NPR in September. Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, direct oral anticoagulants and warfarin, a blood thinner, can also increase the chance of bleeding. But the new recommendation against daily aspirin follows a 2018 study that found aspirin's benefits didn't seem to outweigh its risks.
Adults should engage in at least 150 minutes per week of accumulated moderate-intensity physical activity, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity physical activity. It's all part of new guidelines released over the weekend. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.