-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans who
might benefit from taking low-dose aspirin every day to prevent
heart attack and stroke say they've never been told by their
doctors to do so, a new study shows.
The findings highlight the fact that many doctors may not follow
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines that recommend
aspirin as prevention therapy, according to the University of
They analyzed data from nearly 3,500 middle-aged Americans who
didn't have heart disease, but qualified for aspirin therapy based
on their scores for heart disease risk factors such as diabetes,
high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and use of
Of those people, 34 percent of men and 42 percent of women said
their doctors or other health care providers had never told them to
take low-dose aspirin each day to prevent heart attack, stroke or
The findings were published online Aug. 5 in the
Journal of General Internal Medicine.
There a number of reasons why doctors may not recommend aspirin
therapy to patients, including competing demands, lack of time to
properly assess a patient's eligibility for the therapy and
uncertainty about the benefits of the therapy compared to potential
problems such as digestive tract bleeding, according to study
author Dr. Kevin Fiscella, a professor of family medicine at the
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about
daily aspirin therapy.
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