Harvard researchers are advising thousands of people who take aspirin daily to prevent heart attacks to stop their daily use.
Some 29 million folks 40 and older had been taking an aspirin a day in 2017 despite not having heart disease. The study printed Monday discovered.
The study additionally discovered that about 6.6 million of them had been utilizing aspirin on their own even though a doctor never recommended it to them. And practically 10 million individuals over 70 who don’t have heart disease had been taking daily aspirin for prevention, the researchers reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.
The discovery comes after multiple, extensive studies last year discovered that only a marginal benefit, if any, could be discovered when taking routine aspirin – particularly among older adults.
Another study additionally discovered that taking low-dose aspirin is related to an increased risk for bleeding inside the skull for individuals without heart disease.
The research run counter to what doctors for many years had recommended: a daily 75 to 100 milligrams aspirin to prevent strokes or heart attacks.
“Many sufferers are confused about this,” mentioned Dr. Colin O’Brien, a senior intern medicine resident at Beth Israel who led the newest study from Harvard and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
— Individuals over 70 who don’t have heart disease — or are younger; however, at increased risk of bleeding — should keep away from daily aspirin for prevention.
— Solely sure 40- to 70-year-olds who do not already have heart disease are at high enough risk to warrant 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin every day, and that is for a doctor to decide.
The Harvard examine reveals just how many hundreds of thousands of people who have been taking a routine aspirin in 2017 should be taking a second look at these guidelines