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Daily Aspirin Date Written  
Author Joe Holmes Date Revised Feb. 27,2009

For years we have been told the importance of daily aspirin for the heart. Other stories and accounts indicate lives have been saves by a heart attack victim immediately taking aspirin.

I have often wondered it it is really true or just another medical drug scam. I still have not make up my own mind except that I personally shy away from drugs of all kinds.

Here is a new report published in the Wall Street Journal ;

This is a partial quote of the article By ANNA WILDE MATHEWS

"If you're taking a daily aspirin for your heart, you may want to reconsider.

For years, many middle-aged people have taken the drug in hopes of reducing the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Americans bought more than 44 million packages of low-dose aspirin marketed for heart protection in the year ended September, up about 12% from 2005, according to research firm IMS Health.
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Now, medical experts say some people who are taking aspirin on a regular basis should think about stopping. Public-health officials are scaling back official recommendations for the painkiller to target a narrower group of patients who are at risk of a heart attack or stroke. The concern is that aspirin's side effects, which can include bleeding ulcers, might outweigh the potential benefits when taken by many healthy or older people.
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"Not everybody needs to take aspirin," says Sidney Smith, a professor at the University of North Carolina who is chairing a new National Institutes of Health effort to compile treatment recommendations on cardiovascular-disease prevention. "

See the whole article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704511304575075701363436686.html

 

 
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