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Aspirin and Senior Health

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People without a history of cardiovascular disease are unlikely to benefit from a regular dose of aspirin, given the associated risk of internal bleeding, according to a recent study from St. George’s University of London.​

  • Aspirin does reduce the risk of clots forming in blood vessels and thereby protects against heart disease and stroke, but maybe less than previously thought.
  • This is the finding of the largest study to date into the effects of aspirin in people without established cardiovascular conditions.
  • Aspirin is widely used to prevent a repeat heart attack or stroke among people who have already suffered from one of these conditions, known in the medical field as secondary prevention.
  • Many medical experts also have prescribed regular aspirin as a primary prevention technique – a precaution among people without a previous history of heart attack or stroke, but who may be considered at increased risk of these conditions.
  • The lead author of the report, Dr. Rao Seshasai of St. George’s University of London, emphasized that people with an established history of heart conditions must not stop taking their medication, but an aspirin regimen does not appear to help patients with no history of heart disease.

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Source: St. George’s University of London

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