(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - New guidelines released Sunday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have reversed their long-standing recommendations for preventing a heart attack or stroke in select high-risk patients.
Previous guidelines encouraged older adults to take a low-dose aspirin every day to help prevent a heart attack or stroke. For decades doctors said taking a daily 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin could prevent cardiovascular problems. Now, the American College of Cardiology has reversed that notion.
"Aspirin should be used infrequently in the routine primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease because of lack of net benefit," the study states.
This drastic change comes after a clinical trial found daily low-dose aspirin had no effect on prolonging life in healthy, elderly people, and actually said the pills could be linked to major hemorrhages.
Sunday's new recommendations said low-dose aspirin should not be given on a routine basis to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in adults older than 70 or any adult with an increased risk of bleeding. For more information on these changes, please click here.