Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

New guidelines no longer suggest taking daily aspirin to prevent heart attack

New guidelines no longer suggest taking daily aspirin to prevent heart attack

Almost 1 out of 3 deaths in the U.S.is due to cardiovascular disease. "More than 80 percent of all cardiovascular events are preventable through lifestyle changes, yet we often fall short in terms of implementing these strategies and controlling other risk factors". "For many patients without cardiovascular disease at moderate risk, the advantages do not exceed the risks".

'For the most part, we are now much better at treating risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and especially high cholesterol, ' said North Carolina cardiologist Dr. Kevin Campbell to CNN. The document also discusses the challenges that may interfere with individuals being able to integrate better lifestyle habits.

According to the new guidelines, all of the steps listed above can help you stick to another recommended goal: maintaining a healthy weight.

The ideal diet for preventing cardiac events include avoiding tobacco, including secondhand smoke and vaping, exercising regularly, and eating only healthy foods.

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Along with those dietary changes, people should exercise at least exercise moderately for at least 150 minutes a week. "Understanding how finest to use aspirin, or any other medication, is the type of refinement that enables our finest health". These guidelines apply to people who have not been previously diagnosed with heart disease. It estimated that if 10,000 people took low-dose aspirin every day for a year, four fewer would suffer a heart attack or stroke than if none of the 10,000 had taken aspirin, while seven more would suffer serious bleeding in their skull, brain, stomach or gut.

European guidelines recommend against the use of anti-clotting therapies such as aspirin at any age. Another recent study found a similar increase in bleeding cases with no corresponding decrease in cardiovascular emergencies.

" Clinicians need to be very selective in recommending aspirin for people without known heart disease", said Dr. Roger Blumenthal, co-chair of the 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Main Avoidance of Heart Disease, in a declaration. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have reversed a decades old recommendation that an aspirin a day helps to prevent cardiovascular problems for certain people.

"The guidelines are for people with no clinical signs of heart disease or stroke", said one of the authors, Dr. Erin Michos, associate director of preventive cardiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in an interview Monday.

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