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Most of women not taking recommended aspirin daily to prevent cardiovascular diseases

New Delhi, Fri, 06 Apr 2012 NI Wire

Daily use of aspirin is highly recommendable for the women with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

However, a recent study has revealed that, less than half of the women only who have been prescribed to take aspirin daily and could benefit from it are taking it.

"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.

The result was evaluated on the basis of a web based survey in which over 200,000 women participated to assess their risk for cardiovascular disease. Out of the total participants only 41 percent - 48 percent of women for whom aspirin is recommended were reported to take 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.

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

To increase the awareness of the benefits of aspirin in order to prevent heart disease among women, it is very necessary to run improved educational programs, concluded the authors.

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

-With inputs from ANI

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