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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.
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