Taking Baby Aspirin Every Day Can Actually Have Serious Health Risks

Daily low-dose aspirin found to have no effect on healthy life span in older people

In the UK, GPs generally do not advise aspirin for pensioners who have not previously suffered cardiovascular problems, such as a heart attack or stroke.

"Taking aspirin if you are otherwise healthy, over the age of 70, if you haven't had a previous heart attack or stroke, is really of very little benefit", he said.

And if that weren't enough, the third study also found that aspirin may have "higher all-cause mortality. among apparently healthy older adults who received daily aspirin than among those who received [a] placebo and was attributed primarily to cancer-related death".

AMA president Dr Tony Bartone the benefits of aspirin were known as a secondary prevention, or a useful drug for people with existing cardiovascular issues. Clinically significant bleeding-hemorrhagic stroke, bleeding in the brain, gastrointestinal hemorrhages or hemorrhages at other sites that required transfusion or hospitalization-occurred in 361 people (3.8 percent) on aspirin and in 265 (2.7 percent) taking the placebo.

Taking a low-dose aspirin daily has no benefit in warding off dementia, disability or cardiovascular disease in healthy, older adults, and may instead increase their risk of serious and potentially life-threatening bleeding, according to a study published on Sunday.

Dr Gabriel Choi Kin, former president of the Hong Kong Medical Association, said the use of low-dose aspirin for healthy elderly people was controversial. The authors said that "these findings should be interpreted with caution" until more studies are completed, particularly because other research has concluded that the drug helps reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

But for older, healthy people, "the risks outweigh the benefits for taking low-dose aspirin", Murray says.

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The study was coordinated at 34 sites in the US and 16 in Australia.

"If they have such disease in the past, they need to take the aspirin to prevent the recurrence of similar disease in the future", he said. As per recommendations by the Preventive Services Task Force, the individual should have at least a 10 percent risk of suffering a heart attack.

In the meantime, experts are warning against healthy people simply popping an aspirin every day and believing it will fix everything that ails them. The group with aspirin, however, did experience more bleeding.

After almost five years, the researchers did not observe a difference between the two groups when it came to "disability-free survival".

Aspirin is not recommended for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have an active or previous stomach ulcer, or have a medical condition associated with bleeding.

The researchers point out that ASPREE's findings relate only to healthy older people, aged over 70 years, and do not apply to those taking aspirin on medical advice, for example those who have had a heart attack or stroke. "Aspirin is a double-edged sword; it is absolutely essential drug and a lifesaver in patients with established heart disease (or arterial blockages) and many patients with diabetes where risk is high". However, more research was needed to investigate its use more thoroughly. Sure, it can help your headache, but aspirin can also prevent heart attacks, strokes, maybe even cancer, maybe even dementia.

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