Daily Aspirin Not Recommended
For so many years, we heard that even healthy adults should taken aspirin daily to lower the risk of cardiovascular events. Now research shows daily aspirin not recommended and that it may even add to a person’s risks.
Even the arguably low risks of aspirin should help demonstrate the need to move away from a medication-first “sick care” model and to lifestyle medicine that embraces holistic approaches, including social determinants and nutrition.
Three recent studies found that taking a daily low-dose aspirin is, at best, a waste of money for healthy older adults. At worst, it may raise their risk of internal bleeding and early death.
“Aspirin should be limited to people at the highest risk of cardiovascular disease and a very low risk of bleeding,” Blumenthal said.
Patients should work closely with their doctors to establish their risk for bleeding. That risk rises as one ages or develops kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. A history of ulcers or bleeding, especially in the gastrointestinal tract, or anemia is also a risk factor. Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, direct oral anticoagulants and warfarin, a blood thinner, can also increase the chance of bleeding.
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