An influential health guide group has tentatively advised that older adults with no heart disease should stop taking aspirin every day to prevent a second-time stroke or heart attack.
The draft guideline was: put online on TuesdayBy the US Preventive Services Task Force. While it is slightly different from previous advice the panel is more in line than other medical organizations.
According to the recommendations, the risks of bleeding in adults over 60 years old outweigh the possible prevention benefits of aspirin. The panel suggests that aspirin is appropriate for adults in their 40s, if they are not at risk of bleeding.
This new recommendation, according to the group, is for those who are more at risk for heart disease and have not had any history of it.
“The latest evidence is clear: It is not recommended to start a daily aspirin regimen in people 60 years of age or older to prevent a first-time heart attack or stroke,” says Task Force member Chien-Wen Tseng, MD, MPH, MSEE. task force recommendation is not for people already taking aspirin for a previous heart attack or stroke; they should continue with this unless their doctor has told them otherwise.”
Talk to your doctor about whether or not you should stop taking low-dose aspirin daily, regardless of your age. When deciding whether patients should start taking daily aspirin, the task force says clinicians should consider age, heart disease risk and bleeding risk, as well as the person’s values and preferences.
The task force stated that while daily aspirin intake has been shown to reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack, it can also cause damage. “The most serious potential damage is bleeding in the stomach, gut and brain. The risk of bleeding increases with age and can be life-threatening.”
According to the taskforce, stroke and heart disease are the most common causes of death in America. They account for around one third of deaths.