By: Marzella Sigai
If you are a healthy older adult looking for ways to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, do not turn to daily low-dose aspirin.
It is no longer recommended as a preventative for older adults who do not have a high risk or existing heart disease, according to guidelines announced Sunday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
Doctors may consider aspirin for certain older high-risk patients, such as those who have trouble lowering their cholesterol or managing their blood sugars, as long as there is no increased risk for internal bleeding, the guidelines say.
European guidelines recommend against the use of anti-clotting therapies such as aspirin at any age.
Three recent studies found that taking a daily low-dose aspirin is, at best, a waste of money for healthy older adults.
At worst, it may raise their risk of internal bleeding and early death.
Along with lifestyle changes such as a heart-healthy diet, regular exercise, weight loss and avoiding smoking or vaping tobacco should be used to prevent heart disease in anyone with LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) levels of more than 190 milligrams per decilitre. – CNN.COM