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Aspirin No Longer Recommended For Preventing 1st Heart Attack, says USPSTF - medtigo

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Aspirin No Longer Recommended For Preventing 1st Heart Attack, says USPSTF

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New research shows that aspirin which was previously considered to be one of the best preventive medications for heart attacks is not recommended anymore by the USPSTF. According to the research by the United States Preventive Services Task Force report, the daily consumption of aspirin is no longer recommended to prevent heart attacks or strokes. 

According to the US Preventive Services Task Force report, daily consumption of aspirin increases the risk of bleeding in the brain, stomach, and intestines, which can lead to umpteen numbers of other problems, as the ABC News reported. 

As per the new guidelines, people aged 40-59 should only take daily aspirin if they have a high risk of cardiovascular diseases. Also, there is very little benefit of taking aspirin after the age of 75, say experts. 

The new guidelines were focused only on the people who have not started taking aspirin daily yet. Those people who have already had a heart attack or stroke and are consuming the drug daily should not follow the new guidelines and should stick to the older ones. 

The guidelines also suggested that one must consider a health expert before making any changes in the medication. 

Heart attack is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it is the most common cause of death among people of all races and ethnic groups. 

659,000 people die because of cardiovascular diseases in the United States every year. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking are the most common causes of cardiovascular diseases in Americans. 

One person dies every 36 seconds in America because of heart disease. 1 out of every 5 heart attacks is silent. This means that these individuals suffer from a heart attack but are unaware of it. 

These recommendations made by the United States Preventive Services Task Force are independent of official US government suggestions. These guidelines should not be considered as recommendations from the US Department of Health and Human Services. 

 

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