|This is a partial quote of the article By ANNA WILDE
"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.
Ned Calonge, the chair of the U.S. Preventive Services
Task Force, explains new guidelines for recommending
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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.
Confusion Over Whether Coated Aspirin Can Protect
Aspirin Blocking Blood Clots: For Some, It Doesn't
"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. "
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