Findings highlight need for improved doctor/ patient communication about important preventive therapy
Preliminary survey results released today by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) found that 43% of U.S. adults aged 40 and older who are at increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) events – and therefore potential candidates for doctor-recommended aspirin therapy based on current American Heart Association guidelines – are not utilizing aspirin therapy to reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke. Increased risk can be defined as 10% risk or greater of heart attack or stroke over 10 years. The survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive® for the ACPM, was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer Aspirin.
When using the American Heart Association guidelines as a reference1, the survey found that aspirin is underutilized by both men and women aged 40 and over who are at increased risk for heart disease, and that this underutilization may be due to their tendency to underestimate their risk for a heart attack. The results were drawn from a nationally representative survey of 1,299 U.S. adult consumers (647 men, 652 women) age 40 and over and 533 healthcare professionals. The on-line survey was designed to assess barriers, beliefs and behaviors related to adoption of cardiovascular event prevention strategies, with a particular focus on aspirin use and adherence2.
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