January 20th, 2012

Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent First Heart Attack or Stroke? Not So Fast

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For years, people have been told that low-dose aspirin can help reduce their risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke or cancer even if they are healthy. Now, a new evidence review calls this advice into question…Also commenting on the study, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and president-elect of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology, said that the decision to start taking low-dose aspirin as primary prevention is highly individualized. But if you are already taking low-dose aspirin as primary prevention, he said, "do not stop. Talk to your doctor and at least go over the pros and cons." Additional coverage: US News & World Report

HealthDay, by Denise Mann, 1/9/2012

Tags: Cardiology, Mayo Clinic Rochester

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