FDA: no aspirin to prevent first attack

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May 5, 2014 4:02:20 PM PDT
It is a decision many in the medical community may not agree with. The Food & Drug Administration now says an 'aspirin-a-day' cannot be promoted to prevent a FIRST heart attack or stroke.

The agency says a daily aspirin has been proven to prevent attacks for people who've already had one.

But the FA said there's no evidence it can ward off a first one. And it can cause bleeding in the stomach or the brain.

Many doctors, and even the American Heart Association back aspirin for high-risk patients to prevent first-time attacks.

But everyone is different, so this is something you should ask your doctor- what's best for you.

On Friday, the FDA rejected Bayer Healthcare's decade-old petition requesting approval of a primary prevention indication.