Majority of women not taking recommended daily aspirin to prevent heart disease

   Apr 5, 3:24 pm

Washington, Apr 5 (ANI): Evidence-based national guidelines encourage the use of daily aspirin for women at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

However, less than half of the women who could benefit from aspirin are taking it, according to a new study.

"Based on this survey, it is evident that the majority of women for whom aspirin is recommended for prevention of cardiovascular disease are not following national guidelines," said Editor-in-Chief Susan G. Kornstein, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women's Health, Richmond, VA.

Among more than 200,000 women participating in a web-based survey to assess their risk for cardiovascular disease, only 41 percent - 48 percent of women for whom aspirin is recommended reported that they took an aspirin daily, according to the study authors, Cathleen Rivera, MD and Texas-based colleagues from Scott and White Healthcare, Navigant Healthcare Consultants, and Texas A 'n' M Health Science Center.

The women were more likely to use aspirin if they had a family history of cardiovascular disease or had high cholesterol, as reported in the article.

The authors concluded that improved educational programs are needed to increase awareness of the benefits of aspirin use to prevent heart disease among women.

The study has been published in the Journal of Women's Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (ANI)

Number of Ebola cases exceeds 10,000 in West Africa: WHO Oct 26, 11:16 am
London, Oct 26 (ANI): The World Health Organization has said in its new report that the number of cases in the Ebola outbreak has surpassed 10,000 and the death toll has reached 4,922 in West Africa.
Full Story
WHO says millions of candidate Ebola vaccine doses will be made available by 2015 Oct 25, 11:18 am
Washington, Oct 25 (ANI): The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that millions of doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine will be made available by next year- the trial for which is expected to begin in selected countries of West Africa this December.
Full Story
Why some toddlers stare at faces rather than objects Oct 24, 3:53 pm
London, Oct 24 (ANI): In a new study, scientists have pointed to the fact that an infant's preference for a person's face, rather than an object, was associated with lower levels of callous and unemotional behaviors in toddlerhood.
Full Story
Exposure to sunshine slows weight gain, diabetes Oct 24, 12:26 pm
Washington, Oct 24 (ANI): A new study has revealed that exposure to moderate amounts of sunshine may slow the development of obesity and diabetes.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY