Although taking aspirin on a daily basis has long been recommended for a long time to maintain heart health, an independent panel of experts specializing in prevention says this directive is wrong. NBC News.
According to a study by The US Preventive Services Task Force, most adults should not take aspirin to prevent their first heart attack or stroke, while the drug was previously recommended for people over the age of 50 who were at higher risk for this but not for hemorrhoids.
The panel recommends that people between the ages of 40 and 50 take aspirin for prophylaxis only if their doctor determines they have a higher chance of developing heart disease and the drug reduces this without causing a hemorrhage. However, people over the age of 60 are advised not to start taking aspirin at all for prevention.
The study does not apply to those who have already had a heart attack or stroke, it is still recommended for them.
Heart disease deaths are most common in the United States, where 29 million adults take aspirin daily to prevent the disease, even though it has no history.
Aspirin has an anticoagulant effect, meaning it helps prevent blood clots from forming, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.