FDA Rethinks Use of Aspirin for Preventing First Heart Attack

FDA is questioning the value of taking low-dose aspirin daily to ward off a first heart attack and stroke in people who have no history of cardiovascular problems. “Since the 1990s, clinical data have shown that in people who have experienced a heart attack, stroke or who have a disease of the blood vessels in the heart, a daily low dose of aspirin can help prevent a re-occurrence,” stated Dr. Robert Temple, deputy director of clinical services at FDA. But the agency added, “After carefully examining scientific data from major studies, FDA has concluded that the data do not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems, a use that is called 'primary prevention.