Are Doctors Still Recommending Taking an Aspirin a Day to Prevent Heart Attacks?

If your doctor is still practicing in the 1990’s, yes, he or she is probably still telling their patients to swallow an aspirin a day. Last month the FDA reversed its previous recommendation concerning the “aspirin a day” position. The new recommendation says this: “FDA has concluded that the data does not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems, a use that is called ‘primary prevention.’ In such people, the benefit has not been established but risks — such as dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach — are still present.”

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What Caused The FDA To Reverse Their Position?

Science… the research just does not support the idea. In 2005 a ten-year study at Harvard involving 40,000 women was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found no fewer heart attacks or cardiovascular deaths among women receiving aspirin therapy.

A 2010 Scottish study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that aspirin did not help prevent heart attacks or strokes in healthy, asymptomatic individuals with a high risk of heart disease.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that patients taking aspirin showed a higher risk for recurrent heart attack and associated heart problems.

What Are The Serious Risks of the “Aspirin a Day” Regimen?

Aspirin interferes with the clotting mechanism. Heart attacks occur as a result of the rupture of arterial plaque. The material entering the blood vessel initiates the clot formation, blocking an artery. The risk of taking aspirin regularly is bleeding, particularly from the digestive system, the brain and from the arterial plaque itself. (That’s why aspirin can increase the risk of a heart attack). Aspirin is also now associated with the risk of macular degeneration.

We now know that inflammation is the cause of heart disease and that it is not a cholesterol problem. With that in mind, doesn’t it make sense to change your lifestyle to reduce inflammation? That might include a non-inflammatory diet, daily exercise, weight loss, nutritionally supporting normal heart function and inflammation

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