Researchers at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX, have found that aspirin is overused to prevent stroke and other cardiovascular risks among groups not at risk. The study, to be published in the January 20th issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, shows 10 percent of aspirin users in the U.S. misuse the drug, which can account for side effects. Side effects include gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhagic strokes.
The researchers say,
Our findings suggest that there are important opportunities to improve evidence-based aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.”
For people with low risk of cardiovascular disease, aspirin has not been proven to decrease the risk of cardiovascular conditions. Furthermore, the increased risk of the side effects mentioned above is thought to outweigh the potential benefits of cardiovascular risk reduction.
The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends men ages 45 to 79 years and women ages 55 to 79 take aspirin for preventative use. For men and women younger that the ages prescribed the USPSTF warns against the use of aspirin, citing the potential for internal bleeding as well as the potential of the drug to antagonize potential cardiovascular conditions.
Read more here- “Taking Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attack or Stroke? You Might Not Need It,” (Anu Passary, Tech Times)