CNN reports that “after years of recommending regular aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke,” scientists with the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) “now see little benefit for most healthy people.”
Furthermore, the USPSTF says, “It may contribute to a risk of bleeding in your stomach or brain that goes up as you get older.”
The task force “has finalized its latest recommendations on low-dose aspirin regimens and now says people over 60 should not start taking a daily aspirin for primary prevention of” cardiovascular disease (CVD), “in most cases.”
STAT reports, “Among adults 40 to 59 years old, the task force…concluded ‘with moderate certainty’ that there was a small net benefit to taking low-dose aspirin among those who have a 10% or higher risk of developing heart disease in a 10-year period.”
Healio advises that the new “recommendations were based on a systematic review of 11 randomized controlled trials involving more than 134,400 patients.”
The recommendations were published in JAMA.
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