See US Preventive Services Task Force, latest issue.
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.