aspirin for heart attacks?  no way says fda

NEVER HAD CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS?
DON’T TAKE ASPIRIN AS A PREVENTATIVE

“Consumers and patients who do not suffer from cardiovascular disease sometimes consider taking aspirin to reduce the possibility of having a heart attack or stroke.  Reducing the possibility of having a first heart attack or stroke is called primary prevention.  The FDA has reviewed the available data and does not believe the evidence supports the general use of aspirin for primary prevention of a heart attack or stroke.  In fact, there are serious risks associated with the use of aspirin, including increased risk of bleeding in the stomach and brain…   The CDC [along with several other organizations] agrees with FDA’s position.”     – FDA Consumer Warning from 5/2/2014
For decades, the medical community has been telling people to take aspirin to prevent first heart attacks.  As so often happens in the field of medicine, they have reversed course.    If you have never had cardiovascular disease, strokes, or heart attacks, ASPIRIN is bad advice.  Why?  Because, as the FDA warning above states, the risks of brain bleeds and GI bleeds (bleeding ulcers) far outweigh any perceived benefits.  The statement came as the result of Bayer wanting to change their Aspirin’s label to claim that their product was a “primary” preventer of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.  The FDA said no.

What do I recommend instead?  That’s easy.  It is critical to understand why people develop risk factors for heart disease and high cholesterol (HERE).  Once you understand what INFLAMMATION is (I find that not one in a thousand people have a clue), you can begin to tailor a program for preventing or even reversing things like HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, and all of the problems associated with. 

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