In recent years aspirin has become a mainstay for patients with cardiovascular disease. This has led many people to take aspirin as a preventative measure, thinking that taking a daily dose will prevent heart attack. But will they really benefit from taking a daily aspirin?
A newly released FDA consumer report states taking daily aspirin is not necessary for people who do not have history of heart problems.
"Newer studies show that aspirin will not prevent heart attacks or stroke," said Dr. Nanette Oscherwitz, Community Physician Network cardiologist.
According to Oscherwitz the FDA report also brings to light some of the issues that can occur when taking aspirin without a history of heart disease.
"Taking aspirin unnecessarily can greatly increases the risk of bleeding and potential for increase of ulcers," she said.
Therefore, Oscherwitz encourages patients not to take aspirin as a preventative measure, as there is no proven benefit, and it may actually cause more harm than good.
Should you take aspirin if you have cardiovascular disease?
Most people do benefit from aspirin after they have had a heart attack, but consult with your physician first to determine if it is right for you.