And THAT could be worst for you…
(Consult your doctor)
The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association released the new guidelines on Sunday. They come on the heels of studies released last year that said daily low-dose aspirin — 100 milligrams or less — did not help older adults who do not have cardiovascular disease. Those results, published in three articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, surprised physicians and patients alike who for years believed aspirin would prevent any number of heart-related ills.
The authors of the new guidelines said low-dose aspirin should not be routinely given as a preventive measure to adults 70 years and older or to any adult who has an increased risk of bleeding.
“The guidelines are for people with no clinical signs of heart disease or stroke,” said one of the authors, Dr. Erin Michos, the associate director of preventive cardiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in an interview on Monday.
She emphasized, though, that people who have had heart attacks or have stents should continue with the medication. “They should still take aspirin,” she added.
Patients should consult their primary care doctor or cardiovascular physician before beginning or stopping the taking of aspirin….