FDA says daily aspirin may not prevent first heart attack
Aspirin has been shown to help prevent further cardiovascular problems for people who have had heart attacks or strokes. But, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), existing research doesn't provide evidence that a daily aspirin helps protect people from a first heart attack or stroke, while it does expose them to potential side effects, such as stomach bleeding.
Nor, the federal agency reports, has a daily aspirin regimen been proven to be beneficial for people who are following it because of a family history of heart disease.
Trials are currently underway testing the effectiveness of aspirin in first-time prevention. The FDA says it is monitoring the trials and will issue a an update on the results in the future.
Aspirin helps reduce the risk of blood clotting, and is often recommended by doctors in low dosages to patients with heart disease or stroke history.