Aspirin use still advisable for patients who have had a heart attack or stroke

Aspirin is best known as a pain reliever but it also helps to prevent blood clots from forming in your arteries.
Aspirin is best known as a pain reliever but it also helps to prevent blood clots from forming in your arteries.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - If your heart is set on taking aspirin to ward off a first heart attack or stroke, you may want to discuss it 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New draft guidance from the United States - recommending that adults aged 60 and above should not take a daily dose of aspirin to prevent such an occurrence - further shows that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 in Singapore said.

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