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HEALTH WATCH: Doctors say some should avoid taking asprin, for risk of health problems

Updated: Wednesday, May 7 2014, 09:09 AM CDT
Doctors have been telling patients that taking an aspirin a day could help prevent a heart attack.
But a new decision by the FDA says it may not be for everyone.

Dr. Timothy Johnson explains why.

Aspirin Doctors have known for years that this little pill can cut heart attack risk.  And they give it regularly to those with past heart problems.
But now the FDA is stepping forward to say that not everyone should be taking it, specifically those who have not yet had a heart attack or stroke.

Their top concern is bleeding. Aspirin thins the blood, which cuts heart attack risk.
But it also makes other problems more likely problems like bleeding in the stomach and intestines.

What this means for those with higher heart risk is that they should talk to their Doctors about whether they should be taking daily aspirin.
Older men and women should also have this talk with their Doctors.

But the rest of us should resist the urge to treat ourselves with this seemingly harmless pill.
And we should all remember that exercise and a good diet also go a long way to a healthier heart.

The FDA ruling came after aspirin-maker Bayer asked the FDA to allow the company to put on its bottles that aspirin can help prevent heart attacks.

The FDA says you should speak to your Doctor before taking aspirin daily to weigh the benefits versus the risks.HEALTH WATCH: Doctors say some should avoid taking asprin, for risk of health problems


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