FDA Issues Warning About Aspirin and Heart Attacks

Dr. Richard Besser explains why taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks may not be right for everyone.
1:11 | 05/06/14

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A new warning from the fda about aspirin and heart attacks. And rich Besser here to explain. We've heard advise about taking a baby aspirin. But this warning says that's not for everyone. This is a big controversy. There's no disagreement. If you had a heart attack or stroke, taking a daily aspirin will reduce the chances of having another one and save lives. But aspirin manufacturer wanted to say take an aspirin to prevent your first heart attack. Fda says no way. I don't have heart problems, but my doctor has recommended taking an aspirin. And many doctors are recommending that. But the fda found that the evidence to prevent that first heart attack isn't there. And aspirin can cause internalal bleeding. They don't think it's for everybody. The American heart association says take that aspirin. A government panel that was asked to review this says if you're at high risk, take an aspirin. If you're on aspirin, I wouldn't stop until you talk to your doctor. And the fda has been on this for a long time. They were asked to rule on this ten years ago. Ten years to come to this conclusion. I think we haven't heard the end of the controversy. Now, to that dramatic rescue

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