The said panel of experts cited studies that showed daily intake of low-dose aspirin by adults 60-years-old and above could be more harmful than helpful when trying to prevent heart disease. (Read how to reduce risk of heart disease here.)
Risks of daily aspirin intake
Recent research results suggest that regular intake of low-dose aspirin could increase bleeding in the stomach, intestines, and brain, which are also risks that increase as you age. The panel warned that this bleeding could be life-threatening.
This is also why the panel is retracting its previous recommendation on using aspirin as a preventive tool against colorectal cancer. More research should be done to fully assess its benefits for cancer, the researchers say.
For people below 60 but are at high risk of heart disease, the panel strongly encourages individuals to consult with their respective doctors to know whether or not they can take preventive aspirin. (Read symptoms of heart disease here)
The recommendation for consultation with physicians also applies to those who are already regularly taking low-dose aspirin and have experienced a heart attack or stroke. Low-dose aspirin is between 81 milligrams to 100 milligrams, the panel previously said.
“We don’t recommend anyone stop (taking aspirin) without talking to a clinician, and definitely not if they have already had a heart attack or stroke,” Dr. Chien-Wen Tseng, is a member of the panel, said.
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These proposed guidelines have yet to be approved and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is still open for public comments until November 2021, The New York Timesreported.
It was back in 1988 when a large-scale clinical trial in the U.S. found that aspirin could cut the risk of a heart attack but it only included male doctors. Now, experts noted that advances in the medical field have given people more ways to monitor their cholesterol and heart health.
Even the U.S. FDA's review in 2014 stated that aspirin should not be regarded as a primary preventive medication to block possibility of experiencing heart attack or stroke.
So, next time you see an article suggesting the use of aspirin for better heart health, make sure to see your doctor first.
Read a doctor's advice on treating heart disease here.