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Health Alert: An Aspirin a day may not keep heart attacks away

Updated: Tuesday, May 6 2014, 05:04 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- An Aspirin a day may not be recommended to prevent a heart attack.

This from a new report from the Food and Drug Administration.  Quite often people just start taking Aspirin because they heard it might be good to prevent a heart attack.  But the the main reason, apparently, that public health experts at the Food and Drug Administration are advising against taking an Aspirin daily has to do with the risk of internal bleeding.

Experts at the Cleveland Clinic who reviewed this report from the FDA say Aspirin thins the blood, which makes it less likely to clot.  Clotting is associated with heart attacks, so the logic was taking an Aspirin a day would help to prevent heart attacks.

But FDA researchers say they've carefully examined major studies and concluded that the information so far  does not appear to support the use of Aspirin as a preventative medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke, or heart problems.  If you have multiple risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, you smoke and you have a family history or heart disease your doctor may recommend it for you.  But otherwise researchers with the FDA say if you only have maybe one of those risks, such as a family history, the data does not show you will benefit from Aspirin therapy.
 


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