What's Ailing You: Aspirin use
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Aspirin Recommendation by American Heart Association
STAMFORD - This week, News 12 Connecticut's What's Ailing You looks at a recent change in advice from the Food and Drug Administration on whether it is healthy to take an aspirin each day.
Doctors widely recommended an aspirin a day starting at age 45 for men and age 55 for women to break up platelet clots and keep blood flowing freely. Now, the FDA says an aspirin a day is unnecessary if a patient has no known heart disease.
FDA officials say that while aspirin's ability to thin your blood is a key benefit to preventing heart attacks and strokes in some people, it can put you at risk for excessive bleeding during an injury.
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Norwalk Hospital's Dr. Eric Mazur says people at very high risk for heart attacks may benefit from an aspirin a day, but they should speak with their doctor first.
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