A US panel of experts recommended reconsidering the guidelines that talk about people taking daily doses of aspirin to prevent the risk of stroke, heart attack or stroke.
Previous guidelines recommended a daily regimen of low-dose aspirin for people over 50 who were at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke in the following decade, as long as they were not at risk of bleeding.
Aspirin acts as an anticoagulant, which means it helps prevent blood clots from forming, which is how heart attacks and strokes usually develop.
According to the newspaper Washington PostThe US Preventive Services Medical Committee said the risks of these guidelines outweigh their benefits.
According to recent data, 29 million adults in the United States take a daily aspirin to prevent heart disease despite having no family history. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
In a draft proposal released Tuesday, the panel said adults (40-59 years old) should take low-dose aspirin only if their doctor determines they are at risk of cardiovascular disease.
The committee also recommended that people over the age of 60 should not take aspirin to prevent first heart attacks or strokes.
The new guidelines do not apply to people who have already had a heart attack or stroke.