According to recommendations released Sunday, it's no longer advisable to take a low-dose aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack or stroke.
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After doctors had declared for decades that a daily intake of 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin could prevent cardiovascular problems, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association had reversed this idea.
This change comes after a large clinical trial revealed that a low-dose daily aspirin had no effect on prolonging the lives of healthy elderly people, and actually suggests that the pills could be linked to major hemorrhages.
According to Sunday's recommendations, low-dose aspirin should not be routinely administered to adults over age 70 or any other adult at increased risk of bleeding, to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
"Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin to people not suffering from known cardiovascular disease," said Roger Blumenthal, co-chair of the new guidelines in a statement. "It is far more important to optimize lifestyle and control blood pressure and cholesterol than to recommend aspirin."
According to their doctor, only selected people with a high risk of cardiovascular disease and a low risk of bleeding could continue to use the painkiller, as explained by their doctor.
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According to the CCA and the AHA, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking and a diet rich in vegetables, low in sugar and trans-fatty acids, are among the best ways to prevent cardiovascular illnesses.
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