New Study: Certain adults should stop taking daily doses of aspirin

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Published: Mar. 18, 2019 at 4:02 AM EDT
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For years experts have recommended that older adults should take daily low doses of aspirin to help prevent heart attacks and strokes, but there is new research saying that healthy older adults shouldn't take the drug anymore.

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.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced the new guidelines Sunday.

The guidelines say doctors may consider aspirin for certain older high-risk patients including those having trouble lowering their cholesterol or managing blood sugar.

That's as long as there is no increased risk for internal bleeding.

A co-chair of the new guidelines said, "It's much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and cholesterol as opposed to recommending aspirin."

However, anyone who's had a stroke, heart attack, open-heart surgery or stints inserted to open clogged arteries, aspirin can save their life.

People are still recommended to talk with their doctors if they have any concerns with their hearts.

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