This is the first time the team has recommended that adults over the age of 40 talk to their doctors about taking aspirin for heart health.
The draft states that adults over the age of 60 and over should not start taking aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke because the new evidence negates the potential disadvantages and benefits, the panel said.
«Recent evidence is clear: starting a daily aspirin regimen is not recommended for people 60 or older to prevent the first heart attack or stroke,» said team member Dr. Xien-Weng Cheng in a statement. «However, this working group recommendation is not for people who are already taking aspirin for a heart attack or stroke; otherwise they should continue to do so unless told by their doctor.»
The draft recommendation has been released for public comment and can be submitted from now until November 8th.
«Daily aspirin use can help prevent heart attacks and strokes in some people, but it can also cause serious side effects such as internal bleeding,» team member Dr John Wong said in a statement. «It’s important for people between the ages of 40 and 59 who do not have a history of heart disease to have a conversation with their doctor to decide if it’s right for them to start taking aspirin.»
When the task force last recommended daily aspirin use in 2016, the decision to start taking low doses of aspirin was said to be «separate» for people between the ages of 60 and 69. At that time, working 50% to 59% of adults between the ages of 10% or higher risk of heart disease and daily low-dose aspirin that does not increase bleeding is recommended.
Other groups have previously pointed out the benefits of lowering daily aspirin risks.