New Guidelines on Daily Aspirin for Heart Health – AARP

New Guidelines on Daily Aspirin for Heart Health – AARP

“The trials that established aspirin for primary prevention were done way before we had high-potent medications to help lower cholesterol, like statins,” she explains. “Now, newer research shows that the risks for most people probably outweigh the benefits.” A study funded by the National Institutes of Health of more than 19,000 people over age 70, published last year in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that a daily aspirin didn’t reduce the risk of heart attack, dementia or stroke but did increase rates of GI bleeding by an alarming 38 percent. And earlier this month, the American College of Cardiology published new guidelines recommending against routinely giving aspirin to older adults who don’t have a history of heart disease.

via AARP New Guidelines on Daily Aspirin for Heart Health