Experts Affirm That Low-Dose Aspirin Daily Can Help Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

More than one-third of all American adults are believed to take a daily dose of aspirin.

Mar 26, 2009

New guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force state that daily low doses of aspirin-75 milligrams to 81 milligrams-are as effective as higher doses (100+ milligrams) in preventing heart attacks among men and strokes among women. 

The task force's conclusions seem to draw to a close a years-long controversy over whether aspirin is an effective and beneficial preventive. It found that the daily low-dose routine is especially helpful for preventing heart attack in men aged 45 to 79 and for preventing stroke in women aged 55 to 79, providing that the risk of experiencing either event outweighs the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. 

The task force did accompany its conclusions with some caveats, though, including advising which age groups among men and women are most likely to receive a benefit from daily aspirin and warning that such consumption still carries a risk of inducing gastrointestinal bleeding, especially among people taking the clot-dissolving drug Plavix (clopidogrel). Furthermore, men under 45 and women under 55 who have never had a heart attack or stroke should not take prophylactic aspirin. The task force said that it is unclear whether people 80 or older should take aspirin to help prevent cardiovascular events.

More than one-third of all American adults are believed to take a daily dose of aspirin. The drug, originally derived from salicin, a compound found in the bark of willow trees, was first administered to patients by doctors in 1899 and then began selling across the counter without a prescription in 1915.

Source: HealthDay

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Posted by Anonymous on 30 March 2009

However, Reuters reported "a study led by Jill Belch and colleagues at the University of Dundee in Scotland included data on 1,276 men and women who had never had a heart attack or stroke but were at high risk because they had diabetes or peripheral arterial disease.

The researchers gave some people either aspirin or a placebo and others an antioxidant or placebo. They found that after eight years the number of heart attacks and strokes was about the same."

Posted by Anonymous on 1 April 2009

A big number is believing on this tablet so its mean this is reliable medicine.
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Posted by Anonymous on 14 April 2009

I am 45 and recently diagnosed with diabetes. I have been taking 81mg aspirin a day for the past couple of months.

I am just wondering is it ok to change it to every other day!

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