Taking Aspirin "just to be safe" might not be a good idea

Taking Aspirin

Now it's recommended that people over 70 without heart disease, or younger people with increased risk of bleeding, should not take aspirin.

Doctors have long recommended a daily aspirin regimen as a way of preventing heart attacks but new research suggests it might not do that much good for everyone.

"Although prior American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology guidelines recommended aspirin only in persons without elevated bleeding risk, the 2019 guidelines now explicitly recommend against aspirin use among those over the age of 70 who do not have existing heart disease or stroke", says general internist Christina C. Wee, also from BIDMC.

Millions of adults are taking low-dose aspirin daily without their doctor's recommendation, according to a new study, jeopardizing their health in the process. However, the hardest thing which was found that approximately 6.6 million patients are taking medicine on their own.

"Since around 1990, I've been taking a baby aspirin everyday", said Coffey. Health experts are saying that people don't know the actual reason behind taking aspirin, and they are consuming it without any proper knowledge.

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Many think that this would lower their risk of a heart attack.

The official advice now is that only a select number of 40 to 70-year-olds with a higher risk of developing heart disease should be taking 75-100 milligrams of aspirin a day, and that call needs to be made by a doctor. They should take it only in the case of need.

"Our findings show a tremendous need for health care practitioners to ask their patients about ongoing aspirin use and to advise them about the importance of balancing the benefits and harms, especially among older adults and those with prior peptic ulcer disease", said lead author Colin O'Brien, MD, a senior internal medicine resident at BIDMC and fellow at Harvard Medical School. People are still using their ignorance when it comes to benefits of taking aspirin, and according to health experts, that's a more risky thing.

Using the most recent numbers available - from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey, which is representative of the USA population - researchers analysed a sample of data on 14,000 adults older than 40 years. Experience with research and consulting projects, catering to domains such as ICT, Health & Pharma, and packaging.

As well, nearly half of adults in the particularly risky 70 years or higher age bracket who didn't have stroke history or heart disease were consuming the medication.

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