Low-Dose Aspirin May Not Reduce Heart Risks for Black Americans, Study Finds

It’s fairly established medical science that people who have had heart attacks can take regular low doses of aspirin to significantly lower their risk of having another heart attack, or other heart problems including stroke. But it is still an open question whether or not people who haven’t had a heart event, but are at higher risk of one (because, for example) they have diabetes, high blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol levels), can also benefit from the over-the-counter painkiller and anti-inflammatory drug. A new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds to that debate by addressing a gap in the research on the subject: whether race or ethnicity makes a difference in how aspirin affects their risk of heart disease. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent body of experts convened by the U.S. government to explore such health questions, determined in 2016 that people could prevent a first heart attack by taking low-dose aspirin if they are between 50 to 59 years old and have a greater than 10% risk of a heart event in the next 10 years. (That overall risk is calculated by taking into account a variety of risk factors such as weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.) But for those between 60 and 69 years old, the USPSTF recommends discussing the benefits and risks with a doctor; while aspirin can lower the inflammation that pushes plaques in the blood vessels to rupture and then form clots that c...
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Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks don’t outweigh the benefits for most other folks, major new research finds. Although it’s been used for more than a century, aspirin’s value in many situations is still unclear. The latest studies are some of the largest and longest to test this pennies-a-day blood thinner in people who don’t yet have heart disease or a blood vessel-related problem. One found that aspirin did not help prevent first strokes or heart attacks...
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