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Many healthy people over 70 take a small dose of aspirin every day to protect themselves from heart attacks and strokes. Australian scientists have now found that this does not improve the health of the people affected. On the contrary: the known side effect of the increased risk of bleeding has been confirmed.
Millions of seniors take a small dose of aspirin every morning without a medical indication. They do this in hopes of preventing, among other things, the first heart attack or stroke. There is little evidence in research to support this assumption.
Now, a large Australian study has found that taking low-dose aspirin (100 mg) a day when taken by healthy people over the age of 70 does not significantly reduce the risk of first-time heart attack or stroke .
Over 19,000 people in Australia and the United States - 16,700 of them in southeastern Australia - were examined over a seven-year period. The results show that low-dose aspirin does not prolong a healthy life. It also does not help you live longer or significantly reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. There are only very slight differences between the test groups with aspirin and those with placebo.
The study confirmed that there was an increased risk of bleeding, a known side effect of aspirin. There is a small increase (3.8 percent) in cases of serious bleeding in the subjects who took aspirin. In contrast, the increase in the placebo-taking subjects was only 2.8 percent.
The scientists conclude that aspirin should not be taken completely without hesitation. At the same time, they warn that the results of the study cannot be applied to people who have already had a heart attack or stroke, or who have angina pectoris. In these cases, aspirin is recommended as an important preventive medication. Source: idw news. You can find the study here. (sb, pm)