Thursday, December 17, 2015

Take Aspirin or Not?

Generally speaking, aspirin is recommended after a patient has a heart attack and for primary prevention of heart or stroke events for 87% of men and 16% of women, ages 45-79 y.o.  In real life, doctors recommend aspirin on only 34% of men and in a robust 42% of women.  This means the US Preventive Services is out of touch with practicing physicians and their patients.  One major probable reason is that aspirin can cause brain hemorrhage and life-threatening gastric ulcers.  I usually suggest a more gentle route of nattokinase, garlic, vitamin E, EDTA, or other more natural combination to reduce the risk and avoid the side effects.

See US Preventive Services Task Force, latest issue.

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