Aspirin for Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events
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Patients who are on aspirin regimens may be confused about the recent updates regarding the use of aspirin to help prevent cardiovascular events, like heart attack and ischemic stroke.
The new guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association in March 2019 apply to the use of aspirin to help prevent a first heart attack or ischemic stroke, also known as primary prevention. These guidelines are still supportive of the use of aspirin to help prevent a first event for certain individuals based on their personal health risk and doctor’s recommendation.
Some people take aspirin because they’ve already had a heart attack or ischemic stroke, also known as secondary prevention. In the United States, aspirin is indicated to help prevent a recurrent heart attack or ischemic stroke under a doctor’s direction.
The new guidelines do not change the importance of aspirin for these patients. For them, aspirin could be a life-saving preventative treatment. The guidelines also do not change the role of aspirin during a suspected heart attack as directed by a doctor.
In fact, studies have found that for patients who have had a heart attack or ischemic stroke an aspirin regimen can help reduce risk by:
- 31 percent for another heart attack
- 22 percent for another ischemic stroke
It can also help reduce the risk of death by 23 percent if taken during a suspected heart attack and for 30 days thereafter.
It’s important that patients do not start, stop or change an aspirin regimen without first consulting their healthcare provider, especially those who have already had a heart attack or ischemic stroke. For them, stopping an aspirin regimen could increase their risk by:
- 63 percent for another heart attack
- 40 percent for another ischemic stroke
Below you can download a handy fact sheet about how aspirin can help prevent another heart attack or ischemic stroke, which may be useful during conversations with your patients.
For more information, you can also visit bayeraspirinhcp.com(www.bayeraspirinhcp.com).
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