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Be careful with the daily intake of aspirin
Doctors have now warned that if healthy people take aspirin daily to prevent possible heart attacks, it could do them more harm than good. Dangerous internal bleeding can result from ingestion. The risk of serious internal bleeding clearly outweighs the benefits of aspirin in patients without a history of heart disease.
In their latest study, scientists at King’s College London found that taking aspirin daily to prevent heart disease can lead to internal bleeding. The experts published the results of their study in the English-language journal "Journal of the American Medical Association" (JAMA).
Aspirin in heart disease?
Aspirin is a pain reliever and blood thinner. The drug has been administered to people with diagnosed heart disease for decades to prevent heart attacks and strokes. In addition, many healthy middle-aged people take aspirin as a hedge against possible heart problems. However, the study conducted by experts at King’s College London shows that aspirin should no longer be used for primary prevention.
Aspirin increased risk of internal bleeding by 42 percent
The researchers found that using aspirin in healthy people reduced the risk of heart attack or stroke by 11 percent. However, the risk of internal bleeding increased by 42 percent. This means that 265 people would need to take aspirin for five years to prevent a single heart attack or stroke. However, one in 210 people would develop heavy bleeding. "This study shows that there is insufficient evidence to recommend the routine use of aspirin in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths in people without cardiovascular disease," said study author Dr. Sean Zheng of King’s College London in a press release.
How does the intake affect people with diabetes
When patients with diabetes who were at higher risk of heart disease took aspirin, the researchers said the risk of heart attack or stroke was reduced by 11 percent, but the risk of bleeding increased by 30 percent.
Does aspirin protect against cancer?
In other research, researchers at Harvard University found that middle-aged people who take pain relievers on a regular basis appear to be less likely to develop cancer of any type. They found that aspirin is particularly effective in preventing digestive system cancers. People who had been taking aspirin daily for six years showed a 19 percent reduced risk of colon cancer. Such aspects should also be taken into account when assessing the benefits and risks.
Which people should take aspirin daily?
Regular use of aspirin requires discussion between the patient and their doctor, taking into account all possible potential cardiovascular benefits against the real risk of major bleeding. Experts are concerned that people are taking aspirin without being aware of the side effects that can lead to internal bleeding. If you have had a heart attack, your doctor will usually prescribe a daily dose of aspirin to prevent a second infarction. In this case, the benefit (reduced risk of a second life-threatening heart attack) outweighs the risk of side effects (such as bleeding). (as)