The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently recommended that a daily 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin should no longer be given as a way to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in people older than 70 or any adult at an increased risk of bleeding. Research suggests continued aspirin use can cause severe bleeding and hemorrhaging.
“Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people without known cardiovascular disease,” said cardiologist Roger Blumenthal in a statement to U.S.A. TODAY. “It’s much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and cholesterol, as opposed to recommending aspirin.”
Before changing or stopping their current daily low-dose aspirin regimen, older adults should contact their health care provider for advice. Select people with high risk of cardiovascular disease and a “very low risk of bleeding” might still be advised by their doctor to take aspirin.