As stated in the previous articles Nix Daily Low-Dose Aspirin, and RIP Primary Prevention Status of Daily Aspirin Intake, for decades, doctors prescribed daily low-dose aspirin intake in order to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease in the future. Studies published by the AHA and the American College for Cardiology now find that while people who have had heart attacks, strokes or stents should continue taking daily doses of aspirin to prevent further CVD-related health issues, people who do not have existing cardiovascular health conditions are at a higher risk for them in the future if they obey the same daily low-dose prescription as those who have preexisting conditions.
Mubashar A Choudry M.D., F.A.C.C., Chief Medical Officer, Washington Vascular Specialists reiterates the significance of this distinction, and urges people to pay attention to their own status as patients: there is a benefit to taking daily low-dose aspirin if you have CVD, and there is a threat of future CVD complications and potential CVD-related death in taking daily low-dose aspirin if you don’t suffer from any current cardiovascular conditions.
Dr. Choudry recommends strongly that patients consult their primary care physician (PCP) prior to beginning or ending low-dose aspirin daily usage. And in light of these new findings, for those people who no longer should be taking daily doses of aspirin (100mg or less), Dr. Choudry recommends behavioral modification to ensure maintenance of health: maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of exercise.