Daily Preventive Aspirin

If you’re taking Aspirin to prevent heart disease, you may want to re-think that. In recent years, millions of healthy people have started been doing this as a precautionary measure.

Several studies have concluded that aspirin can help to ward off a second heart attack or stroke in patients who have already had one.

But after carrying out a review of studies, the editor of a leading medical journal, the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin – has found that the beneficial effects of aspirin are small in healthy people and are heavily outweighed by the risk of potentially deadly stomach bleeding. He also found most of the people taking  it are unaware of its potentially dangerous side-effects.

The researchers caution stomach bleeding can sound trivial but it is a killer if it is severe enough and should not be dismissed.

Bottom line: In people who have never had a heart attack or stroke, the evidence does not support being on this drug. The researchers say you shouldn’t be taking aspirin daily, unless you check with your doctor.

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