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Report: Millions Taking Low-Dose Aspirin Daily Shouldn't Be

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By    |   Monday, 09 September 2019 12:51 PM

As many as 29 million Americans take low-dose aspirin on a daily basis to try and prevent heart disease or stroke — but most of them should not be doing so, The Washington Post reports.

The National Institute of Health found in a study conducted by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard University that nearly half of people over age 70 take low-dose aspirin who do not have a history of heart disease or stroke. In addition, roughly 6.6 million people of all age groups take low-dose aspirin on a daily basis without the recommendation of their healthcare provider.

Most of these people take 81 milligrams, or “baby aspirin,” once a day to try and keep from developing heart disease or a stroke, but the most recent medical guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, which were last updated in March, do not recommend that people who do not have cardiovascular disease take low-dose aspirin daily, and, in fact, the guidelines recommend against it for people who are at a low or moderate risk of developing heart disease since the risks outweigh the possible benefits.

“The survey asked over 14,000 men and women who were 40 years old and older whether they’ve ever been prescribed a daily low-dose aspirin by their healthcare provider or whether they choose to take a daily aspirin on their own for heart disease prevention,” the NIH reports.

“Of the people who didn’t have cardiovascular disease, about 23 percent were taking a daily aspirin for prevention. Nearly 23 percent of these took a daily aspirin without a healthcare provider recommendation. Nearly half of the survey participants who were 70 years or older and did not have heart disease reported daily aspirin use. A quarter of people who had a history of stomach ulcers, but not cardiovascular disease, also used aspirin.”

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