Daily low-dose aspirin no longer recommended by doctors, if you're healthy

Aspirin proves to be unhealthy to take everyday

Aspirin is an anticoagulant and is known to prevent platelets from clotting and creating blockages in the arteries.

If you're a healthy older adult looking for ways to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, don't turn to that age-old standby: daily low-dose aspirin. "Ultimately, we must individualize treatment for each patient, based on their individual situation". He added he would promote a healthy lifestyle, risk factor modification, and smoking cessation before he would even consider prescribing aspirin to a patient without known cardiovascular disease. "In the past, a lot of people may have had a fatalistic attitude that they were going to develop heart problems sooner or later but, in reality, most cardiovascular events can be prevented". Strive for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking and swimming, the guidelines say.

Aiming for and keeping a healthy weight - for people who are overweight or obese, losing just 5 to 10 percent of their body weight (that would be 10-20 pounds for someone who weighs 200 pounds) can markedly cut their risk of heart disease, stroke and other health issues. He stressed that optimizing lifestyle habits and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol are more important than taking aspirin. If a person is already in the habit of taking aspirin daily as a preventive measure, it's best to consult a doctor for the best way to quit it, as suddenly stopping can also come with its own set of risks.

The AHA and ACC say that the most up-to-date research shows that even at a low dose (typically 81 milligrams), the odds for risky bleeding that comes with daily aspirin use now outweighs any benefit.

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Instead, the guidelines recommended several behavioral changes to ensure a healthy heart.

However, anyone who's had a stroke, heart attack, open-heart surgery or stints inserted to open clogged arteries, aspirin can save their life. Those findings applied to people with no history of dementia, physical disability, heart attacks or strokes.

Experts say that adults don't need to take the daily aspirin anymore because it is much easier to directly treat the risk factors for heart attacks and strokes such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. That risk rises as one ages or develops kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

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