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New Aspirin Recommendation Can Help Prevent Heart Attacks & Strokes, Says Partnership for Prevention
Date:3/16/2009

y of care provided by health plans, recently recognized that aspirin use is effective in reducing cardiovascular events. To encourage appropriate aspirin use, NCQA has proposed that health plans measure their members' use of aspirin as well as the extent to which clinicians discuss aspirin use with patients.

Partnership for Prevention has established a Task Force on Appropriate Aspirin Use to encourage appropriate use of aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Michael Pignone, who is a member of Partnership's Task Force and chief of general internal medicine at the University of North Carolina, commented that, "The updated USPSTF recommendation emphasizes the importance of considering the potential benefits and downsides of using aspirin for cardiovascular prevention. It's clear that discussing aspirin use with patients in the targeted age groups should become standard practice for clinicians."

More information about Partnership for Prevention's initiative can be found at www.prevent.org/content/view/227/205. The page includes a podcast with Dr. Nieca Goldberg discussing the new aspirin recommendation. Dr. Goldberg is a member of Partnership's Task Force on Appropriate Aspirin Use and directs the Women's Heart Program at New York University. The recommendation from the USPSTF can be viewed at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstf/uspsasmi.htm.

Partnership for Prevention is a non-partisan, non-profit organization of business, healthcare, and government leaders who are working to make disease prevention and health promotion a higher priority in the nation's health policies and programs. More information is available at www.prevent.org.


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