Should You Really Be Taking Aspirin Daily to Prevent Heart Attacks?

Playing Daily Aspirin Use No Longer Recommended?

Many people used to think a daily aspirin cuts down on the risk of having a heart attack, but The Doctors reveal this may not be the case for everyone.

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We welcome cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn to share who should not be taking a daily aspirin. He says the new guidelines are:

  • Over 70 and healthy - do not take aspirin for prevention
  • Increased bleeding risk, like a previous bleeding ulcer - do not take aspirin for prevention
  • Age 40 to 70 and of increased risk for a heart attack, he says someone "might" consider taking daily 81-milligram aspirin for prevention

The Doctors note these guidelines are for people who have not already had a heart attack, stroke or known cardiovascular disease. Some complications from taking a daily aspirin can include: upsetting the lining of your stomach, developing an ulcer, and causing a bleed in the brain.

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In order to cut down on your risk of having a heart attack, Dr. Kahn suggests:

  • Quit smoking
  • Walk 20 minutes a day
  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables daily
  • Keep body weight thin
  • Sleep 7 hours nightly
  • Keep your belly flat

 

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