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Aspirin recommendation underscores need for physicians and patients to discuss benefits and risk
Date:3/17/2009

ican Medical Association to adopt a policy to increase education among physicians on the importance of appropriate aspirin counseling.

With today's release, the USPSTF updates its aspirin recommendations from 2002, which called on clinicians to discuss aspirin use for primary prevention with adults who are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The new USPSTF findings actually recommend aspirin use where benefits outweigh the harms, and further define the appropriate age and gender groupings for which aspirin is indicated.

"We think the new guidelines provide another tool in the armamentarium of the physician and the patient for assuring that a discussion about cardiovascular risk and potential aspirin use routinely takes place in the clinical setting," says David Shih, MD, MS, ACPM senior director of medical affairs. ACPM is leading the development of the national initiative, "Aspirin Talks: Start a Life-Saving Conversation," whose goal is to improve appropriate aspirin use to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Under the initiative ACPM is developing and testing an office-level intervention designed to help clinicians engage in a conversation about aspirin, featuring a tool kit with physician, patient, and clinic aids to facilitate aspirin therapy counseling.


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Contact: David Shih, M.D., M.S.
dshih@acpm.org
202-466-2044 x105
American College of Preventive Medicine
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