It is recommended to take a baby aspirin to prevent cardiac events as we get older but a new study shows that is not the case anymore. More than 11% of people on a low dose regimen should not be taking it. While aspirin has some well known benefits, it also carries the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.The American Heart Association guidelines recommend daily aspirin for primary prevention in people with a 10-year cardiovascular risk of 10% or more, while other guidelines suggest the cut-off should be a risk of 6%. In a study published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 68,808 patients were asked to take aspirin for primary cardiovascular prevention in various kinds of medical practices between 2008 and 2011. Researchers found that 7,972 of them, or 11.6%, were taking aspirin daily despite having a cardiovascular disease risk of less than 6 percent. Senior author and cardiologist at Baylor College of Medicine Dr. Salim S. Virani, notes that there needs to be “a discussion between the patient and the clinician” to see that more good is caused than harm. How do you educate your patients about their cardiovascular risk and their use of aspirin?
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