(WZZM) - We've heard an aspirin a day can help prevent a heart attack. The Food and Drug Administration now warns that daily pill isn't for everyone. In fact, the group says people who have not had a heart attack or stroke should stay away from taking an aspirin every day.
FDA researchers say the biggest concern is the risk of internal bleeding.
Aspirin thins the blood, which cuts the risk of a heart attack. However, the drug increases the risk of bleeding in the stomach,intestines and even the brain.
So doctors say if you have a low risk of heart attack to begin with, the risk of bleeding outweighs any benefit of a daily aspirin. There are a select few who could be helped by the regimen.
"It's somebody that has every risk factor: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strong family history, diabetes, if you have all of those things- smoking. If you have all of those risk factors, then some of those people we will treat with aspirin, but it's not very many," said Dr. Steve Nissen with the Cleveland Clinic.
Even if you only have one of the risk factors, the FDA says research does not show a benefit from a daily aspirin. Of course if you have questions, talk to your doctor.