"Aspirin May Be A Wonder Drug, But New Research Suggests It’s Not For Everyone" - Dr. Max Gomez
We’ve always heard that aspirin was important to prevent heart attacks and strokes, but new studies say that may not be the best prescription for everybody. Aspirin is still an important life-saving drug for heart disease and stroke. But whether it’s right for you depends on your age and, especially, your history of heart disease or stroke. These new studies apply to elderly people who do not have heart disease or have not had a stroke. “What we know for sure is that everyone who has had a heart attack or stroke benefits from aspirin,” said Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, director of women’s cardiovascular prevention, health and wellness at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Steinbaum explained that’s what’s called secondary prevention because you’ve already had a cardiovascular problem. The bottom line is, these studies apply to elderly over 70 who have not had any heart attack or stroke issues. If you have, aspirin is still a life-saver.
- Suzanne R. Steinbaum, DO, Senior Faculty, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness, The Mount Sinai Hospital