In a recommendation issued this week, the FDA says scientists have not proven aspirin therapy has any benefit for people without cardiovascular problems. This group includes those with risk factors such as a family history of heart disease.
Many heart patients do aspirin therapy as prescribed by their doctors as a preventive measure. But as more people self prescribe aspirin in an effort to be heart healthy, it is important for a doctor to review your case and determine that aspirin is appropriate for you.
Cleveland Clinic nephrologist Robert Heyka, MD, discusses common OTC medicines, antibiotics, and herbal supplements that can cause kidney damage, and he gives advice about screenings and risk factors.
Steven Nissen, MD, talks about whether you need to take an aspirin every day to prevent heart attack.
Aspirin — originally developed to fight minor aches and pains — has many benefits. A recent study shows taking aspirin prior to heart surgery can reduce the chance of kidney failure later.
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A study links low-dose aspirin to internal bleeding in certain patients. An expert comments about when aspirin is and isn’t beneficial.