Dr. Douglas Borg Discusses Aspirin Therapy for Heart Disease

As seen on KATV

Dr. Douglas Borg, talked with KATV about recent research regarding the practice of taking a daily aspirin to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Staying up to date on the latest developments in the field of cardiology is no small task. Dr. Borg discussed research published in the New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine that throws into question long-standing advice that supports the health value of taking a daily baby aspirin. The study followed more than 19,000 older people for an average of 4.7 years before assessing their results. Previously, many doctors have recommended taking a baby aspirin each day to help reduce the risk of certain types of heart attacks. This new research shows that, for some people, that daily aspirin could be doing more harm than good and the associated risks could outweigh any potential benefit.

CHI St. Vincent cardiologists recommend that patients have an open conversation with their physician about their unique situation. This is especially important for patients who have already suffered a heart attack or stroke and want to avoid another one. For these patients there may still be some benefit from that daily aspirin.

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