It's important to talk with your health care team about your questions and concerns about aspirin therapy.
Here are answers to some common questions.
Answer: Never stop taking any medication, including aspirin, without talking with your health care professional first.
The latest recommendations still support using aspirin along with other medications to prevent issues after a heart attack, stroke or having a stent placed.
Answer: Low-dose aspirin is preferred. Taking an “enteric coated” aspirin, which means one made to dissolve in the small intestine instead of the stomach, is a reasonable choice.
However, most studies show no significant difference in side effects between coated and regular low-dose aspirin.
Answer: As always, it’s best to talk with your health care professional before you stop taking any medication, including aspirin.
Your health care professional should review your health history and assess your chance of developing heart disease to help you decide whether to still take aspirin, especially considering the latest research.
If you’re a healthy person with a low chance of developing heart disease, it’s not clear that an aspirin a day will help reduce events like a heart attack or stroke. Over time a daily aspirin can lead to stomach upset and, in some cases, dangerous gastrointestinal bleeding.
The best thing you can do for your heart health is to:
Answer: For people without existing heart disease, this isn’t a concern. However, for people who take regular aspirin as part of their treatment after a heart attack or procedure, stopping aspirin therapy may cause a problem.
Be sure to talk to your health care professional before stopping or changing any medicine.
Go to www.CardioSmart.org/AspirinTherapy for more information.