FDA Warns Against Using Aspirin To Prevent Heart Attack Or Stroke

On May 2, 2014, the FDA warned that people should not use aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke unless that person has already had a heart attack or stroke. 

According to the FDA’s warning, the FDA stated the evidence does not support the general use of aspirin for primary prevention of a heart attack or stroke for people with no history of heart attack or stroke. The FDA warned that the regular use of aspirin can cause other health risks, including increased risk of bleeding in the stomach and brain.

It is still important to note that the FDA stated that taking aspirin may help prevent another heart attack or stroke in patients who have already had a heart attack or stroke or who have cardiovascular disease. People with a history of heart attack or stroke may still benefit from taking aspirin regularly on the advice of their physicians.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns you should consult with your Philadelphia doctor.

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