Aspirin regimens aren’t right for everyone
In March 2019, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new guidelines1 stating that healthy people without known heart disease or stroke risks should not take aspirin every day. Aspirin taken daily could cause other problems, most notably internal bleeding.
The AHA issued the new aspirin recommendations based on a review of new research. “According to three significant studies published last year and one major analysis released this year that looked at 10 other studies, the benefit from taking a daily low-dose aspirin was offset by the danger of internal bleeding and other side effects in people considered to be at low or moderate risk for heart disease,”2 the organization said on its website.
One study found no obvious benefit from aspirin for healthy people over 70 but did find evidence of harm, according to the AHA. Some doctors might consider advising aspirin for people with a family history of heart disease or if certain tests detect plaque buildup inside their arteries. But most people might be better off focusing on a heart-healthy diet, regular physical activity and control of their blood pressure and cholesterol.3