Millions of people taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink pills, Harvard researchers said on Monday. and those who are diagnosed with heart disease.
But for the otherwise healthy, this advice is overturned. The guidelines published this year ruled out the routine use of aspirin for many elderly people who no longer have heart disease – and said it was only for some younger people on the order of a doctor.
How many people should receive this message? 29 million people aged 40 and over have taken aspirin a day, although they did not have any known heart disease in 201
And nearly half of the 70-year-olds with no heart disease – about 10 million – have taken daily aspirin for prophylaxis, researchers reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.
"Many patients are confused about this," said Dr. Colin O'Brien, Senior Internal Medicine Specialist at Beth Israel, who chaired the study. urged people to use the aspirin properties to reduce blood to reduce the chances of a first heart attack or stroke. Then, last year, three surprising new studies challenged this dogma. These studies are one of the longest and longest for aspirin testing in people with low and moderate heart attack risk and have only found marginal benefits, if any, especially for the elderly. However, aspirin users experienced significantly more bleeding in the digestive tract, as well as some other side effects.
In March, these findings triggered changes in guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology: who have no heart disease – or younger but at increased risk of bleeding – should avoid aspirin daily for prophylaxis. – Only some 40- to 70-year-old children who are no longer suffering from heart disease are at high risk enough to ensure 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin per day, and that should be decided by a doctor.
Nothing has changed for survivors of heart attack: Aspirin is still recommended for them.
"We hope that more primary care physicians will talk to their patients about aspirin, and more patients will raise this with your doctors, "said O'Brien.
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