New study: Using aspirin to prevent heart attack may not be that simple

MGN Online
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 9:26am

Many of us have probably heard that taking an aspirin a day could help prevent a heart attack, but a new decision by the FDA suggests it might not be that simple.

Aspirin-maker Bayer had asked the FDA to allow the company to put on its bottles that aspirin can help prevent heart attacks, but the FDA says it doesn't believe aspirin prevents a first heart attack.

If someone already had a heart attack or stroke, or has a known history of heart disease... then the FDA says a daily dose of aspirin can serve as a preventative measure.

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