Lindsay Tanner, Author
A leading health organization issued a preliminary update Tuesday stating that people over 65 with no heart disease should not use low-dose aspirin to prevent their first heart attack.
In its draft guidelines, the US Preventive Services Task Force stated that aspirin is not recommended for people over 60 who have not suffered a stroke or heart attack.
For the first time, experts stated that adults in their 40s are at no risk of bleeding and may not be able to benefit from this treatment. For those in their 50s, experts softened the recommendations and stated the evidence of benefits is not clear.
These suggestions are applicable to those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Tufts Medical Center’s primary care expert and working group member Dr. John Wang said that adults, regardless of age, should discuss stopping or starting aspirin with their doctor to make sure it’s the right choice for them.
He stated that Aspirin abuse can lead to serious health problems and increases with age.
The finalized recommendations for seniors will refer back to the group’s 2016 recommendations to prevent strokes and heart attacks. However, it will also be in line with other medical groups’ recent guidelines.
Many patients who have suffered a stroke or heart attack have been advised by doctors to take low dose aspirin every single day. This recommendation is not changed by the guidelines of the working group.
While the working group had previously indicated that aspirin can be taken daily by some adults in their 50s or 60s to prevent colorectal disease, the updated guidelines suggest that more evidence is required to support this claim.
The guide was posted online for public comment prior to November 8. The team will review the opinions and make a final determination.
Independent disease prevention teams analyze medical literature and medical research to recommend ways Americans can stay healthy. Wong stated that updated recommendations were based on new research and reanalysis from old research.
Aspirin is well-known as an analgesic. But it also acts as a blood thinner, which can help reduce the likelihood of blood clots. Even low doses of aspirin have risks. They can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and even death.
Dr. Lauren Block is an intern medicine researcher at Feinstein Institute of Medicine, Manhasset, New York. She said that the guidelines are crucial because many adults use aspirin, even if they have not had a stroke or heart attack.