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Aspirin as CVD prevention in seniors? Think twice

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Against a backdrop of the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD), Dr. Campos-Outcalt summarizes the findings of an October 2018 aspirin study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study gives physicians reason to pause before using aspirin as primary prevention for CVD in older adults.


 

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US Preventive Services Task Force. Final recommendation statement: Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer: preventive medication.
https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/Recommendati....
Published April 2016. Accessed September 14, 2018.

McNeil JJ, Woods RL, Nelson MR, et al. Effect of aspirin on disability-free survival in the healthy elderly. 2018;379:1499-1508.
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1800722. Accessed November 7, 2018.

McNeil JJ, Nelson MR, Woods JE, et al. Effect of aspirin on all-cause mortality in the healthy elderly. 2018;379:1519-1528.
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1803955. Accessed November 7, 2018.

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