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Should Most People Stop Taking Aspirin For Heart Health?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Should most people stop taking aspirin for heart health? For a long time, we have heard that it is ok for healthy people to take aspirin daily to prevent a heart attack and to maintain a healthy heart. In science and in life things can change and so does science. Science is always on-going based off data and changes in studies.

Should most people stop taking aspirin for heart health?

New Heart Health Guidelines

The U.S Preventive Services Task Force just made several changes to their new heart health guidelines.

And they are recommending that adults that are 40 to 59 years old who are a higher risk of cardiovascular heart disease should consult with their physician before taking aspirin daily. This is the first time the task force has advised that adults over 40 contact their doctor before taking daily aspiring for heart health.

The draft from the task force also says people who are over 60 years old should not take aspirin for the benefit of preventing heart disease. The new evidence shows that the harm exceeds any positive benefits.

Task Force Member, Dr Chien-Wen states, “The latest evidence is clear: starting a daily aspirin regimen in people who are 60 or older to prevent a heart attack is not recommended. However, this task force recommendation is not for people already taking aspirin for a previous heart attack or stroke; they should continue to do so unless told otherwise by children.”

Should most people stop taking aspirin for heart health?

According to the CDC heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States. Taking a slow daily aspirin can potentially lower the risk of the heart disease. But the other side is that can cause potential serious bleeding in the stomach, intestines, and brain according to the Task Force. So, the risk of taking aspirin daily exceeds any potential small heart health benefit you may receive.

And the risk of bleeding increases as you age hence why the task force is recommending that people over the age of 60 do not take daily aspirin for daily heart health prevention. Task Force Member John Wong said, “It is important that people who are 40 to 59 years old and don’t have a history of heart disease have a conversation with their clinician to decide together if starting to take aspirin is right for them.”

What is really interesting as of 2019 the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released guidelines saying that they no longer recommend daily low aspirin as a preventive approach to heart disease for older adults.

So, although the task force came out with their new guidelines just now. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology was ahead of the game on this new recommended health guideline on daily aspirin and heart health about 3 years ago.

The bottom line: Your best bet to lower the risk of heart disease or heart attack is to exercise regularly, follow a healthy and balanced proper diet, stay away from stress, stay away from smoking, stay away from drinking alcohol excessively.

If you follow the 80/20 rule which is eat healthy 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time you will never go wrong going that route. This is a much healthier then popping an aspirin pill in your mouth

Lastly, if you decide to take any aspirin for heart health prevention measures consult with your doctor. And make sure they approve it before going that route.

“Your best bet to lower the risk of heart disease or heart attack is to exercise regularly and follow a healthy and balanced proper diet. Try to stay away from stress, stay away from smoking and stay away from drinking alcohol excessively.”- Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

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References

Recommendation: Aspirin Use to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease: Preventive Medication | United States Preventive Services Taskforce (uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Heart Disease | cdc.gov

2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines – ScienceDirect

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