The
American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is leading an important initiative, Aspirin Talks: Start a Life-Saving Conversation. Its goal is to improve appropriate aspirin use to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Why aspirin? Because 45,000 lives could be saved every year if 90% of appropriate candidates took one low dose aspirin every day. The Partnership for Prevention ranked counseling about aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular events #1 among clinical preventive service priorities. The United States Preventive Services Task Force gave this intervention an A rating – its strongest recommendation.

Despite this, only about 1 in 3 high-risk patients are actually taking aspirin. While it is inexpensive, widely available and easy to take, many patients do not understand its relevance to them.

Change does not have to be that hard. In fact, an ACPM study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine determined that the factor most strongly associated with appropriate aspirin use is a conversation about aspirin between a patient and his/her healthcare professional.

Our work on this initiative also includes:

  • Developing an office-level intervention designed to help clinicians engage in a conversation about aspirin that can change the lives of their patients. It features a tool kit with physician, patient, and clinic aids to facilitate aspirin therapy counseling. In the coming months tool kit elements will be available on this site for comment. I

For more information about our Aspirin Initiative, including our clinical use toolkit, please contact Danielle Pere, Associate Executive Director of Programs and Operations at dpere@acpm.org

For more information from our partners:

Partnership for Prevention

The Aspirin Project

Click these links for more information on heart health:

Smoking

Cholesterol

High Blood Pressure

Exercise

Diet

Heart Risk Calculator

Stroke Risk Calculator

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