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Study: Millions Should Stop Using Aspirin for Heart Health

A study suggests that millions of people who have been taking an aspirin a day for heart health should stop. A study suggests that millions of people who have been taking an aspirin a day for heart health should stop. |  Photo: WDIO/MGN

LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer
Created: July 22, 2019 04:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study suggests millions of people may need to rethink their use of aspirin to prevent a heart attack.

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If you've already had one heart attack or stroke, doctors still recommend a low-dose aspirin a day to prevent a second one.

But if you don't yet have heart disease, the advice recently changed. Guidelines now rule out routine aspirin use for many otherwise healthy older adults and say it's only for certain younger people under doctor's orders.

Harvard researchers estimated how many people might be affected. They report that millions took aspirin without a doctor's recommendation as late as 2017. They urge patients to ask their doctors if the simple remedy is right for them.

The study was published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

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