Low Dose Aspirin May Be Harmful - Caroline Sutherland
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Low Dose Aspirin May Be Harmful

Low Dose Aspirin May Be Harmful

Should older people in good health start taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes, dementia and cancer?

No, according to a study of more than 19,000 people, including whites 70 and older, and blacks and Hispanics 65 and older. They took low-dose aspirin — 100 milligrams — or a placebo every day for a median of 4.7 years. Aspirin did not help them — and may have done harm.

Taking it did not lower their risks of cardiovascular disease, dementia or other health risks. And it increased the risk of significant bleeding in the digestive tract, brain or other sites that required transfusions or admission to the hospital.

The results were published on Sunday in three articles in The New England Journal of Medicine.

For years, I took a low does aspirin because of my family history. My father died of cardiovascular disease and my mother died from complications following a stroke.

Then I started to bleed from a small area of skin, at the side of my nose. If I was bleeding through my skin, where else could I be bleeding? I stopped the regimen and introduced fish oil instead. Omega-3 fatty found in fish oil, acids may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure slightly, reduce blood clotting, decrease stroke and heart failure risk and reduce irregular heartbeats. A low dose aspirin protocol is a discussion you should have with your doctor. Clearly because of this recent study, it is not for everyone.