Be careful with the daily intake of aspirin
Now doctors have warned that if healthy people use aspirin daily to prevent possible heart attacks, it can cause more harm than good. Swallowing may cause dangerous internal bleeding. The risk of serious internal bleeding significantly outweighs the benefits of aspirin in patients without a history of heart disease.
Researchers at King's College London have found in recent research that taking aspirin daily to prevent heart disease can cause internal bleeding. Experts publish the results of their study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
As an aspirin for heart disease?
Aspirin is a painkiller and thinner of blood. The drug has been used for decades by people with a diagnosed heart disease to prevent heart attacks and strokes. In addition, very healthy middle-aged people take aspirin as a precaution against potential heart problems. However, studies conducted by experts at King's College London show that aspirin should no longer be used for primary prevention.
The risk of internal bleeding increases by 42% due to aspirin
Researchers have found that the use of aspirin in healthy people reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke by 11%. However, the risk of internal bleeding has increased by 42%. This means that 265 people should take aspirin for five years to prevent a single heart attack or stroke. However, one in 210 people will develop severe bleeding. "This study shows that there is not enough evidence to recommend routine use of aspirin in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths in people without cardiovascular disease," the study author said. Sean Zheng from King's College London in a press release.
How does it affect people with diabetes?
When diabetic patients who were at higher risk of heart disease were taking aspirin, the risk of heart attack or stroke was reduced by 11%, but the risk of bleeding increased by 30%.
Does aspirin protect against cancer?
In other studies, researchers at Harvard University found that middle-aged people who regularly take painkillers are less prone to cancer of all kinds. They found that aspirin is particularly effective in preventing digestive cancer. People who take aspirin daily for six years show a 19% reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer. These 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 physician, and all potential cardiovascular benefits are judged against the real risk of major bleeding. Experts worry that people take aspirin without being aware of the side effects that can cause internal bleeding. If you have had a heart attack, your doctor will usually prescribe a daily dose of aspirin to prevent a second heart attack. In this case, the benefit (reduced risk of a second life-threatening heart attack) outweighs the risk of side effects (such as bleeding). (As)