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Minnesota: African Americans More Likely to Use Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks If Peers Support It

A new study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health detailed the use of aspirin for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention in African Americans and found that positive cultural beliefs around taking it make people more likely to adopt the intervention.

The study, led by MS student and physician Dr. Jeremy Van’t Hof and co-authored by professor Dr. Russell Luepker, was published in the Journal of Community Health.

“The findings from this study suggest that if we can make aspirin use part of a community cultural shift, suddenly, we can change the health of an entire population by making it the norm,”  said Dr. Van’t Hof.

Dr. Luepker leads the “Ask About Aspirin” campaign in Minnesota, which encourages patients to ask their providers if taking a daily aspirin is a safe, effective way to help them avoid heart attacks or strokes.

Our previous studies have shown that many people are taking aspirin, but for some it’s not useful. It is also apparent that some take aspirin inappropriately without a doctor’s advice,” said Dr. Luepker  “The Ask About Aspirin campaign has focused on appropriate aspirin use in consultation with an individual’s physician.”

To learn more about aspirin use among African Americans, Dr. Van’t Hof surveyed 684 adults ages 45-79 in community settings, including churches, health fairs, and gyms.

The study findings include:

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