Is it safe to take an aspirin a day to ward off a heart attack or stroke? The topic is back in the news and we asked Culicchia Neurologist Michael Puente to sort it out. Dr. Puente explained that in 2018, a trio of studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that a daily low-dose aspirin regimen provides no significant health benefits for healthy older adults.
Instead, it may cause them serious harm. Dr. Puente further explains below:
Daily aspirin use may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in some people, but it can also cause potentially serious harms, such as internal bleeding, It’s 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.
The latest evidence is clear: starting a daily aspirin regimen in people who are 60 or older to prevent a first heart attack or stroke is not recommended. However, this 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 their clinician.