Heart health: Why an Aspirin a day might not be best for everyone

Global News

Watch above: Dr. Ali Zenter explains how the common practice of taking an aspirin every day to prevent heart attacks has been called into question.

It’s been almost 20 years since I started medical school. I remember my first class on heart disease.

It was taught in a tutorial, small group setting with the principles of problem based learning.

We discussed a case based on a 67-year-old man who had high blood pressure and took Aspirin to prevent a heart attack.

I remember that case as if it were yesterday.

The class is long gone and the patients are now very real, but the principle of prevention remains.

Prevention comes in many forms. In medicine we tend to break prevention down into primary prevention, meaning preventing your first event, and secondary prevention, preventing your second event.

Whether it is primary or secondary prevention, it’s always important to weigh…

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