Do you take Aspirin every day? Here’s what you need to know…

We sat down with 9Health:365 Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli, to get her updates on the new aspirin recommendation that came out from the U.S Preventive Services Task Force. 

It’s important to know that this recommendation is for those taking aspirin as a primary prevention strategy, meaning they have not had a heart attack or stroke and do not have known blockages. 

If you have had a heart attack, stroke, or have a blockage you should talk to your doctor about any changes to your aspirin intake because you are LIKELY to BENEFIT from aspirin. 

The Task Force draft recommendation statement on aspirin use to prevent health disease and stroke says, “People ages 40-59 who are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and do not have a history of CVD should decide with their clinician whether to start taking aspirin…people age 60 or older should not start taking aspirin for heart disease and stroke prevention.” 

Dr. Kohli mentioned that you should never just start taking an aspirin daily on your own without a doctor’s input, even though many people have been recommended to do so in the past. Taking an aspirin daily can lead to internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening. Always talk to your doctor and decide together if taking aspirin is the right step for you. If you do take an aspirin daily, do not take it with ibuprofen. 

There are many steps you can take NOW to reduce your risk of heart disease in the future. Making smart choices now can pay off. The American Heart Association lists what you can do at any age to keep your heart healthy: 

In your 20s: 

In your 30s: 

In your 40s: 

In your 50s: 

  • Eat healthy 
  • Learn the signs of a heart attack or stroke 
  • Follow your treatment plan, if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes 

In your 60s: 

  • Have an ankle-brachial index test 
  • Watch your weight 
  • Learn the warning signs of heart attack or stroke