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Nearly 12% Use Aspirin Incorrectly To Ward Off CVD

Millions of people take aspirin to lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease, often with the knowledge that aspirin use could lead to gastrointestinal bleeding or hemorrhagic stroke. To avoid these complications, healthcare providers typically do not recommend aspirin for CVD prevention unless the patient’s risk of developing CVD within 10 years is greater than six percent.

In an effort to learn how many patients used aspirin inappropriately, researchers examined the records of nearly 69,000 patients in 119 practices.  They found that in 11.6% of the cases, aspirin was prescribed incorrectly. Moreover, the researchers found wide variations within the practices, which suggested that important opportunities exist to improve evidence-based aspirin use.

Inappropriate aspirin use was found to be higher among women above the age of 65 years old as well as among diabetes patients. The results were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez of the Mayo Clinic commented "The most important message is to recognize that there are people [who take] aspirin believing that they are protecting themselves from having heart attacks when they are actually exposing themselves to the [bleeding] risks of taking aspirin and likely having no benefit at all.”.