Task Force Issues New Warning About Daily Aspirin

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a cautionary statement regarding the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease in people over the age of 60.

1. Increased Bleeding Risk

"With or without aspirin use, the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, cerebral haemorrhage, and hemorrhagic stroke rises with age."

2. Other Therapies Are Available

"The benefit of aspirin has diminished since we now have other medicines that reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes, but the bleeding risk linked with aspirin therapy has continued."

3. Aspirin and Heart Disease

Low-dose aspirin was suggested as a technique to prevent heart disease by thining the blood and lowering the risk of blood clots. "Taking aspirin on a regular basis irritates the stomach and intestine lining."

4. How To Prevent Heart Disease

Eat a diet that is good for your heart. Maintain a healthy weight. Maintain a healthy blood pressure level. Improve your blood sugar levels. Check to see if your cholesterol levels are within typical limits.

5. Heart Disease and COVID-19

COVID-19 and heart disease have a strong relationship. "With COVID-19, type 2 heart attacks are more likely," says cardiologist Wendy Post, M.D.

6. How to Stay Safe Out There

Wear a N95 face mask if you live in an area where vaccination rates are low, don't travel, keep a social distance, avoid huge groups, and don't go indoors with people if you live in an area where vaccination rates are low.

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