A new study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) found that the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Heart Health Program "Ask About Aspirin” initiative, a statewide aspirin public health campaign launched in June 2015, is likely a beneficial and cost-effective way to reduce the incidence of a first heart attack or stroke. The program is designed to lower cardiovascular risk within the target population of men ages 45-79 and women 55-79 years in Minnesota over their lifetimes.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Cardiovascular Division and School of Public Health estimate that nearly 10,000 fewer heart attacks and at least 1,200 fewer strokes would occur as a result of improving public knowledge of aspirin use. Furthermore, researchers found the campaign will lower overall health care costs in both men and women.
“As University researchers, we strive to identify cost-effective strategies for preventing disease and improving public health,” said Jean Abraham, Ph.D., co-author and associate professor of health policy and management in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.