It is all over the news: Aspirin is no longer recommended as a daily medicine to avoid heart attacks in elderly people. This article explores why – what medical professionals say:
Millions of older people had been taking aspirin daily in an attempt to prevent heart attacks. People are ignoring the very real risk of gastrointestinal bleeding which can be helped along by the frequent use of aspirin and therefore for those with no prior history of heart disease this is completely unnecessary. In fact groundbreaking research has made it abundantly clear that the habit of using low-dose aspirin as a preventive measure against a stroke or heart attack is no longer recommended and most definitely not for people over the age of 70. Many people have become used to the frequent changes in opinion emerging from medical circles but in this case the new revelations was made jointly by the American Heart Association and by the American College of cardiology. And the message is emphatic and very clear that the previous advice from physicians about the taking of small doses of aspirin by people over the age of 50 and with known cardiovascular problems is no longer considered to be the best option available to people. Both these reputable organizations is in complete agreement that older people with no previous heart attacks or problems with strokes who are therefore considered to be low-risk cases are facing the more serious risk of gastrointestinal bleeding should they continue to take aspirin.
Harmful side effects of aspirin
Extensive research has been done in recent times that has provided convincing proof that the taking of daily aspirin can be extremely harmful especially in older adults. International studies conducted by respectable research organizations have discovered that even at very low doses people who are using aspirin over many years might suffer from gastrointestinal bleeding and there will be no notable protection for those who have not yet suffered from a stroke or heart attack. This is why the issue of treatment should be approached very carefully by medical practitioners and they should rather refrain from prescribing aspirin to people who has never shown any signs of oncoming cardiovascular problems. Only people with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease should be allowed to use aspirin but they should also be people with a low risk of internal bleeding.
Known side effects of aspirin
Studies over many years has revealed that frequent use of aspirin can cause camping, headaches, upset stomachs, rash, drowsiness, gastrointestinal ulcerations, abdominal pain, heartburn, etc. It is also been proven scientifically that even though a daily dosage of aspirin can help to protect a person against a clot related stroke it can simultaneously increase a person’s risk of having a bleeding stroke. In another NIH funded study it has been revealed that there is absolutely no proof that low-dose aspirin has any noticeable impact on the health of older people. Most people today know older people who will faithfully swallow their aspirin every single day of their lives in the firm belief that aspirin will help to protect against cardiovascular disease and also the horrors of suffering a stroke. My father-in-law was one of those people who firmly believed in the use of aspirin because that was the advice which he has received from his physician. One can only wonder how many of those people have never suffered from a stroke or a heart attack but who has ended up bleeding to death while believing that aspirin is necessary for their health. This is exactly why ongoing research is so critically important because it is only as we gain more knowledge regarding pharmaceutical products that we would be able to avoid all the many pit falls which has snared so many ignorant people.
A healthy lifestyle
This study have shown that individuals who are living a healthy lifestyle are still those with the best chance to avoid problems with various types of cardiovascular disease, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Apparently this is not a new revelation because according to researchers this knowledge has been available for more than a decade. The facts are conclusive that for those without any real risk of heart disease, the reality of bleeding because of aspirin usage is the real thing to worry about. Let’s say it once more so that there is no confusion on this issue, if a person has never had any problems with their cardiovascular system the use of aspirin can provide them with more problems than benefits. In fact it is not only older people who might be impacted by low-dose aspirin, even healthy people could be harmed by long-term use. This is why the message going out to people today is that the only infallible protection against drugs and heart attacks is a healthy lifestyle supplemented by a healthy diet with adequate physical activity to ensure healthy blood flow. People should no longer trust in imperfect pharmaceutical products to do those things which they are supposed to do themselves.
Americans and cardiovascular disease
There was a statistical update from the AHA earlier this year which has indicated that as much as 50% of adults in the US is actually suffering from some form of cardiovascular disease. The culprit in most of this crisis was high blood pressure which was turning these people into high-risk cases. Among most medical professionals there is a genuine commitment to do no harm in the treatment of patients and most of them are now coming to the realization that aspirin is simply not a good choice when treating people. This does not mean that aspirin has no positive benefits, however healthcare professionals should know how to best utilize aspirin and also every other kind of medication because it is only then that patients will be able to benefit optimally from medical care and the pharmaceutical products which is administered. The best way to deal with cardiovascular disease is to make an early decision about lifestyle modifications and this is why many physicians will regularly admonish people about things such as physical activity. They will also talk to patients about healthy diets and especially those that include vegetables, fruits and whole grains which has been known to provide protection against heart disease.