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Conflicting advice on whether to take aspirin to prevent heart disease.

The US Food and Drug Administration recently set off a firestorm by calling into question a common practice: taking a baby aspirin a day to prevent heart disease. The agency first denied Bayer HealthCare's request on May 2 to make the claim on its aspirin labels that the drug could be used to prevent a first heart attack in patients deemed by their doctors to be at high-risk of heart disease.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

As usual, the truth is more complex. The real benefits of aspirin come when they are used in concert with omega-3 fatty acids. The aspirin enhances the formation of very powerful pro-resolution hormones known as resolvins that bring the inflammatory process to a halt. Without adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, the negative consequences of aspirin alone begin to increase as their benefits of reducing inflammation decrease.

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