New Guidelines Mean You May Not Need to Take Daily Low-Dose Aspirin
On Sunday, March 17th, 2019, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released new guidelines designed to help prevent cardiovascular disease. One of the more surprising recommendations included in their report is that low-dose aspirin therapy is no longer recommended as a cardiovascular prevention strategy for healthy adults.
For years, low-dose aspiring therapy has been used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in adults. Last year, a series of studies revealed that low-dose aspirin therapy didn’t help cardiovascular disease-free adults. Moreover, some of the studies found that the risk of internal bleeding due to taking low-dose aspiring daily, particularly for older adults, outweighed the potential benefits.
It’s important to remember that these new guidelines apply to those who are low-risk patients or those who don’t have cardiovascular disease. If your doctor has directed you to take low-aspiring daily, be sure to check back with them before you stop taking daily low-dose aspiring. For some patients, taking this daily medication is beneficial to their health.
The AHA’s and ACC’s new guidelines emphasize the importance of leading a health lifestyle to achieve heart health. There recommendations include:
Maintaining a Health Weight
Refraining from Smoking
Engaging n Moderate Aerobic Activity for at Least 150 Minutes Each Week
Eating a Well-Balanced Diet Rich in Nuts, Whole Grains, Fish, Fruit, and Vegetables
For more information on how to improve your heart health, contact your doctor.