DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
Little Aspirin a Day Stops Big Heart Attack!
NEW YORK CITY (May 12, 1998) The American Heart Association "recommends the use of aspirin in patients who have experienced a myocardial infarction (heart attack)...." but it seems that not everyone heeds this sound advice.
Older people who have survived a heart attack especially may not be getting the standard aspirin treatment to prevent a repeat attack. In a study of 350 persons admitted to nursing homes, it was found that at least 4 out of 5 were not taking aspirin.
The study was reported by Wilfred S. Aronow in the May, 1998 issue of The Journal of American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Aronow is the medical director of the Hebrew Hospital Home in the Bronx.
Anyone who has had a heart attack should take a daily low dose of aspirin to prevent another attack, unless they are in the 1 or 2% of the adult population who can't take aspirin because of one of these reasons: