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"Many Americans Mistakenly Use Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease" - Linda Carroll

  • Reuters Online
  • New York, NY
  • (July 22, 2019)

Many Americans regularly take aspirin without a doctor’s recommendation, believing it will protect their hearts, a new study finds. The problem is that for those who don’t already have heart disease, aspirin comes with some dangerous side effects, such as brain bleeds, experts say. While doctors used to support daily consumption of low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks and stroke, three major clinical trials in early 2018 found the risks of the drug outweighed any benefits in people who did not already have heart disease. The new findings “are certainly a call to action,” said Prashant Vaishnava, MD, assistant professor of medicine and cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “It highlights that there are more than six million people taking low dose aspirin every day without a physician’s recommendation.”

 — Prashant Vaishnava, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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