Warding off first heart attack

Consult doctor before taking aspirin for primary prevention

But it still has role in preventing another heart attack or stroke

If your heart is set on taking aspirin to ward off a first heart attack or stroke, you may want to discuss this with your doctor again. New draft guidance from the United States - recommending that adults aged 60 and above should not take a daily dose of aspirin to prevent such an occurrence - further shows that the risks of doing so will outweigh the benefits, doctors here said.

This is because the risk of internal bleeding, which increases with age, will cancel out the benefits of preventing heart disease, the US Preventive Services Task Force said on Tuesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2021, with the headline 'Consult doctor before taking aspirin for primary prevention'. Subscribe