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Dr. Kasey Harbine talks about when -- and when not to -- take aspirin during the August 15 edition of Morning Rounds.
The American Heart Association has more information about the use of aspirin on its website including the following:
For decades, a daily dose of aspirin was considered an easy way to prevent a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event.
Then came a string of recent studies challenging that assumption. With this latest research in mind, a new set of guidelines to help people stay heart-healthy is advising against daily aspirin use for prevention. It may actually cause more harm than good.
"We're talking about healthy people who don't have known heart disease or stroke, who might have been considering or already taking an aspirin to prevent that heart attack or stroke in the first place," said Dr. Erin Michos, one of the writers of new prevention guidelines developed by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.