Can an aspirin a day help you ward off a heart attack or stroke?
If you have never had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease, the answer is NO.
The FDA recently changed its stance on taking aspirin as a heart attack preventive. After carefully examining scientific data from major studies, the 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.
For prevention, the benefit has not been established but the risks—such as dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach—are still present.
So what can you do to protect your heart? First consider your diet. The majority of research shows that reducing inflammation is key in heart health. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.
Then consider switching from daily aspirin to something natural for heart health. CardioPlus is great for heart health as is the herb Hawthorn. And if you want to swap the low dose aspirin therapy for an healthier alternative consider the herb Ginkgo which has blood thinning properties without the risk of bleeding. The perk is that it also can help with short term memory.