FDA warns about using aspirin to prevent heart attacks

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The FDA is warning consumers about using aspirin to prevent heart attacks, and it is advising people not to take the drug if they do not have cardiovascular problems. The new report from the Food and Drug Administration specifically focuses on using the medication to prevent first heart attacks or strokes, and it contradicts some of the previous recommendations from other organizations.

Using aspirin to prevent a first heart attack

Some medical professionals have been recommending that their patients take a small aspirin a day as a preventive measure to reduce their likelihood of developing cardiovascular issues. This is labeled as primary prevention, and it has become a common practice in many medical offices. However, the FDA has reviewed data related to the use of aspirin and has issued warnings. It does not believe that using aspirin to prevent a first heart attack is necessary in patients with no history of cardiovascular problems.

Aspirin problems, side effects and complications

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The FDA points out the bleeding risks associated with the daily use of aspirin and notes the risks are not worth it for many patients. The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers about the side effects of this medication in the past, and issues can range from stomach bleeding to severe nausea.

Why your doctor may still recommend aspirin

Despite the warnings from the FDA about not using aspirin for primary prevention of heart attacks, the organization still sees value in the medication for people who need secondary prevention. Secondary prevention refers to patients who already experience cardiovascular problems and may benefit from aspirin.

It is important to talk to a medical professional before making any changes in your routine and adding or removing drugs. Complications and side effects can be discussed with the professionals, so you are prepared before using the medication.

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