Sunday, January 03, 2010



Aspirin: Take This To Heart

You’ve probably heard that taking aspirin is a great way to prevent strokes and heart attack. After hearing this you may have added aspirin to your daily supplement regime in the hopes that you can ward off a potential life threatening occurrence. What you may not realize is that aspirin has only been shown to help those with a prior diagnosis of heart and circulatory disease. What does this mean for you if you have not been diagnosed with heart and circulatory disease, but you’re taking aspirin as a preventative medicine anyway? It could mean internal bleeding and serious health complications.

Recently, an analysis of six controlled studies found that taking aspirin can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, which makes it a very dangerous ‘preventative supplement’ to take. The analysis involved over 90,000 people at least 50 years old, with high blood pressure and/or type 2 diabetes. After the analysis, the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) released a statement recommending that doctors review their patients that are taking aspirin every day, and recommends that patients check with their doctors if they are taking daily aspirin, or think they should be taking daily aspirin.

Taking aspirin for the prevention of heart disease is a foul move for those without cardiovascular disease; the study says aspirin does not prevent cardiovascular disease deaths.

It is unfortunate that many are taking daily aspirin despite the warnings, due to being afraid of developing stroke or heart attack, even if they have not been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. The easiest ways to reduce the risk of heart attack do not cost any money, nor do they have any ill side effects such as internal bleeding; the easiest ways to reduce risk are to eat a healthy, low-fat diet full of vegetables and fruits, quit smoking, and exercise regularly.


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