Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS; on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (*)
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Update of the 2009 USPSTF recommendation on aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and the 2007 recommendation on aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use to prevent colorectal cancer (CRC).
The USPSTF reviewed 5 additional studies of aspirin for the primary prevention of CVD and several additional analyses of CRC follow-up data. The USPSTF also relied on commissioned systematic reviews of all-cause mortality and total cancer incidence and mortality and a comprehensive review of harms. The USPSTF then used a microsimulation model to systematically estimate the balance of benefits and harms.
This recommendation applies to adults aged 40 years or older without known CVD and without increased bleeding risk.
The USPSTF recommends initiating low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of CVD and CRC in adults aged 50 to 59 years who have a 10% or greater 10-year CVD risk, are not at increased risk for bleeding, have a life expectancy of at least 10 years, and are willing to take low-dose aspirin daily for at least 10 years. (B recommendation)
The decision to initiate low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of CVD and CRC in adults aged 60 to 69 years who have a 10% or greater 10-year CVD risk should be an individual one. Persons who are not at increased risk for bleeding, have a life expectancy of at least 10 years, and are willing to take low-dose aspirin daily for at least 10 years are more likely to benefit. Persons who place a higher value on the potential benefits than the potential harms may choose to initiate low-dose aspirin. (C recommendation)
The current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of initiating aspirin use for the primary prevention of CVD and CRC in adults younger than 50 years. (I statement)
The current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of initiating aspirin use for the primary prevention of CVD and CRC in adults aged 70 years or older. (I statement)
Aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer: clinical summary.
ACC/AHA = American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association; CVD = cardiovascular disease; GI = gastrointestinal; USPSTF = U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Appendix Table 1. What the USPSTF Grades Mean and Suggestions for Practice
Appendix Table 2. USPSTF Levels of Certainty Regarding Net Benefit
Table. Lifetime Events in 10 000 Men and 10 000 Women Taking Aspirin*
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Calculating Baseline CVD Risk Level
The USPSTF guidelines on aspirin use for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease uses the ACC/AHA risk calculator for assessing baseline cardiovascular risk. However, this risk calculator does not take into account whether a patient is already on a statin medication. It is likely that a patient with baseline risk >10 percent while not on a statin medication will have a lower risk once statin medications have already been started. How should this order of starting medications be addressed when considering starting aspirin therapy. In addition, for patients who present to the clinic already on a statin medication, is this calculator valid for estimating baseline risk?Thank you
Bibbins-Domingo K, on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med. 2016;164:836–845. doi: 10.7326/M16-0577
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(12):836-845.
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