Low-dose aspirin might not stop first heart attack

January 10, 2012 2:22:37 PM PST
Using low-dose aspirin to prevent first heart attacks may not work after all, according to a new review of evidence in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study finds low-dose daily aspirin therapy does not reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer.

However, some experts caution that there is no simple one-size-fits-all answer and that anyone currently taking this therapy should talk to their doctor before they stop.

This study only looked at aspirin as primary prevention and not for secondary prevention, meaning patients who have already experience cancer, a stroke or heart attack.