An Aspirin a Day Does Not Reduce the Risk of a Heart Attack

Heart disease is known as the silent killer in the U.S. It’s the number 1 cause of death among Americans and Hispanics run a higher risk due to the high levels of people with diabetes and high blood pressure. Most doctors recommend that people take a small dose of aspirin each day to help prevent a heart attack. A recent study by the American College of Cardiology found that this isn’t necessarily true.

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They researched through thousands of people who took aspirin daily and currently receiving cardiology care across the U.S. They found that over 7,900 people had less than a 6% chance of having a heart attack or stroke within the next 10 years. In fact, taking aspirin on a daily basis increases the chance of gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, bleeding inside the brain, and thinning of your blood. The recommended aspirin dosage is 81 milligrams, and anything larger than that can create problems.

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