Daily Doses of Aspirin For Healthy Americans Present More Risk Than Benefits

March 18, 2019

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For decades, daily doses of aspirin has been associated with lowering the risks heart attacks, strokes and other heart problems in older people. But that has changed under new guidelines in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. People without heart disease who take a daily aspirin may lower their risk of a heart attack or stroke, but a new study confirms they also have an increased risk of severe internal bleeding and that risk outweighs the benefits. While aspirin daily has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack or stroke in those who have had one but clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people without known cardiovascular disease. In some of the latest studies which have been the largest and longest to test daily aspirin dosages in people who don't yet have heart disease or a blood vessel-related problem, one found that a daily aspirin regime had a 0.38% lower absolute risk of heart attacks, strokes or deaths from cardiovascular events than people not taking this drug. However, aspirin was also associated with a 0.47% higher absolute risk of severe internal bleeding. Rather lifestyle habits that control blood pressure and cholesterol are more effective in preventing heart cardiovascular diseases. If you are on a daily aspirin regime, you should contact your doctor to see if these new guidelines affect you.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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