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Taking aspirin is good for some, but it’s skating on thin ice ...

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Taking aspirin is good for some, but it’s skating on thin ice for others

It’s an accessible blood thinner for those with heart issues, but it’s a risk for those with other health conditions

Madison Muller

New recommendations on the use of low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke say the blood thinner’s risks may outweigh its benefits, breaking from more than 30 years of widely accepted medical guidance.

Current evidence highlighting the risks of internal bleeding associated with aspirin use prompted the US Preventive Services Task Force to revise its 2016 guidelines. The final recommendations, based on analysis of randomised clinical trials involving thousands of participants, were published on Tuesday.

Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality in the US, accounting for one in four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aspirin, which can be easily bought over the counter, has long been considered an accessible prevention strategy for those worried about their heart health because it works to reduce blood clotting. Untreated blood clots can lead to heart attack or stroke...

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