The U-S Preventive Services Task Force this week put out guidance that many Americans 60 and up shouldn’t take aspirin to prevent first heart attacks or strokes. HealthPartners Dr. Karen Margolis says:

“It’s really important to get the advice of your physician before you make any changes in your treatment, even with an over-the-counter-drug like aspirin.”

The task force is recommending daily low-dose aspirin for adults in their 40s and 50s–only if their doctors determine they’re at increased risk for heart disease.