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DETROIT, October 13, 2021 ~ Tuesday, new guidelines were released by the US Preventive Services Task Force, saying people 40 to 59 should speak with their clinician about taking low-dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, while people 60 and over should not start taking aspirin for heart attack and stroke prevention.

According to the Task Force, those who have already experienced a heart attack or stroke and are taking aspirin should continue to do so, and consult with their clinician prior to stopping aspirin intake.

Heart disease and stroke are currently the leading causes of death in the United States, accounting for nearly one in three deaths.

While daily aspirin use has shown to lower the chance of having a first heart attack, the risk of life-threatening bleeding in the intestines, stomach and brain outweigh the benefits aspirin can give.

We know that aspirin can have some downsides to it including bleeding,” said Michigan Medicine Cardiologist Dr. Geoff Barnes to 760 WJR’s Guy Gordon. “And that understanding has been increasing in recent years. At the same time, we also know that the benefits of aspirin may not be as great as we once thought they were.”