It is now risky to take aspirin daily to prevent a first heart attack, stroke or cancer

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This new adjustment to taking low-dose aspirin in order to prevent a first heart attack, stroke or cancer is coming at a time after years of recommending the drug for that middle-aged and older people.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year, an estimated 32% of all deaths worldwide – one third of which occur prematurely in people under 70 years of age

An influential medical task force in US is planning to overhaul its guidelines, based on new studies that show that the risks of take aspirin daily to prevent a first heart attack or stroke may greatly reduce or cancel out the benefits.

The adjustment being made by the influential medical task force is that persons who have history of history of heart attack and stroke, could begin taking aspirin when they reach a certain age, according to Chien-Wen Tseng, a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) as reported by news media report.

This new adjustment to taking low-dose aspirin in order to prevent a first heart attack, stroke or cancer is coming at a time after years of recommending the drug for that middle-aged and older people.

A review of the latest scientific evidence, according to the task force’s draft recommendation, found that regularly taking low-dose aspirin — about 81 milligrams to 100 milligrams — to prevent a first heart attack or stroke may have only a “small net benefit” for people ages 40 to 59 who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and that summarily, there is ‘’no net benefit’’ for adults 60 or older in start taking aspirin daily to lower the chances of a first heart attack, stroke or cancer.

In marking a significant change from the last update to the guidelines in 2016, The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) emphasized that patients should make decisions about taking aspirin only in consultation with their health-care provider.

Tseng, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine said that taking aspirin also can cause major bleeding that can be fatal, especially in older people and At that point, the higher risk of bleeding with age actually cancels out the potential benefit of the drug.

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The panel previously recommended starting low-dose aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer in people ages 50 to 59 who had an elevated chance of heart attack, stroke or cancer, as long as they weren’t at increased risk of bleeding. For older people, the task force said, the decision to start an aspirin regimen “should be an individual one.”

The change in recommendations could affect millions of people worldwide.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year, an estimated 32% of all deaths worldwide – one third of which occur prematurely in people under 70 years of age. In United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death, killing roughly 659,000 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and  an estimated 1.2 million people experience a first heart attack or stroke every year. Strokes rank fifth, with about 150,000 fatalities yearly.

Cardiovascular diseases, CVCs are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels and include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease and other conditions. More than four out of five CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes

Aspirin is a blood thinner and can help head off heart attacks and strokes by preventing clots from forming in the blood vessels that lead to the heart or brain.

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