Aspirin is not needed if you do not have a history of heart attack or stroke

Again,  aspirin is not needed if you do not have a history of heart attack or stroke. There ARE benefits to taking an aspirin per day if you have a history of cardiovascular disease, but there is increased risk of bleeding (in the stomach and brain) which outweighs the benefits if you do NOT have cardiovascular disease.

The FDA released a May 2, 2014 statement in response to Bayer (maker of brand-name aspirin) wanting to change their packaging. Bayer wanted to market aspirin for heart-attack prevention for patients with no history of cardiovascular disease. Studies, however, have shown that even high-risk patients (with risk factors) who have never had a heart attack or stroke are just as likely to have a heart attack or stroke while on aspirin as compared to those who are taking a placebo (sugar pill).

So, if you are taking aspiring but you have never had a heart attack or stroke… stop taking aspirin.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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