Don't take an aspirin a day to prevent a heart attack or stroke: recommendation reversed

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. 

[2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease]

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