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A Change in Treatment for Heart Patients

 
A Change in Treatment for Heart Patients
Posted May 7th, 2014 @ 4:26am by KTRH's Scott Crowder

For years it's been a standard recommendation for heart patients to take aspirin each day. But now the FDA no longer says that's a good idea for patients who haven't had a heart attack or stroke.

KTRH medical expert Dr. Joe Galati says it'll vary on a case by case basis, but the general rule has changed.

"There's no benefit to taking aspirin and preventing stroke or heart attack if you have no clear cut risk factors for coronary artery disease and the alarming part is there may be some risk factors associated with taking aspirin."

Dr. Galati says taking aspirin increases the risk of bleeding in the brain and stomach.

"Individuals that have high risk factors for coronary artery disease or stroke for secondary prevention aspirin may be indicated but again on a case by case basis you have to talk to your care provider or cardiologist."

But taking aspirin is still a good idea for those who've already had a heart attack or stroke.

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