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Why You Should Stop Taking Aspirin For Heart Health

Researchers are encouraging people to stop taking aspirin if not prescribed by a doctor. The call comes after millions of people still take the medication despite public warning that improper use could cause side effects.

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines for the use of aspirin in March. The organizations said that people over 70 without heart disease and anyone at risk of bleeding should avoid daily intake of the medication.

However, many adults still take aspirin each day in an effort to prevent heart problems. The habit spread in the past years after doctors endorsed the drug as effective to lower risk of a heart attack or stroke. 

Aspirin reportedly has blood-thinning properties that support heart health. However, in 2018, three large studies provide evidence that debunked aspirin’s health benefits for people without the disease. 

Researchers described the studies as some of the largest and longest efforts to explore the effects of the medication on people at risk of a heart attack. The studies showed that aspirin has little to no positive effects on people. 

In addition, users reported more digestive tract bleeding among other side effects. These findings led public health organizations to revise guidelines and restrict the medication’s use for certain people.

However, there are still millions of people following previous advice by doctors to take aspirin daily. A new study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that 29 million people in their 40s and older took the medication daily despite being heart disease free in 2017.

For people aged over 70 without heart problems, nearly 10 million still follow the past trend for prevention, according to researchers from Harvard and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

“Many patients are confused about this,” Colin O'Brien, lead researcher and a senior internal medicine resident at Beth Israel, said as quoted by NBC News. “We hope that more primary care doctors will talk to their patients about aspirin use, and more patients will raise this with their doctors.”

The team noted aspirin is still recommended to people who already experienced a heart attack.

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