Latest Aspirin Guideline.

Hello people. Trust you are well.

Medical news alert!!!

Are you aware of the fact that there is a New Aspirin guideline?

I know this could be really confusing because one cannot help but wonder why there is so much confusion with aspirin. I remember when I was back in medical school, the teaching was that adults 40 years and older should be on a baby aspirin a day to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
The beauty of medicine is that learning is unending and research is constantly on-going. Evidence-based medicine is the goal.

Taking a low-dose aspirin daily to prevent a heart attack or stroke is no longer recommended for adults age 70 or over, according to new guidelines.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association reversed previous guidance that recommended adults over the age of 50 take a baby aspirin a day to prevent cardiovascular problems.

If you are over 70 years old with no previous stroke you shouldn’t take aspirin due to risk of bleeding.
The change comes after a large international study found that routinely taking low-dose aspirin may actually be harmful for older people with no prior history of heart attack or stroke. The groups also agreed that the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding outweighs any heart benefits.
This hits close to home because I know a close family relation who developed complications from “religious” use of aspirin. The person had a gastric perforation and started bleeding. It was scaring but the person survived.

So if you have elderly relations or your parents are over 70 and on aspirin with no previous stroke or heart attack, they might not benefit from use off aspirin.

Either way, consult with your doctor, ask questions and discuss.

Be knowledgeable, Stay healthy, because life is beautiful.

"Life is not merely being alive, but being well."                                                         -Marcus Valerius Martialis

Warm regards,
Dr Funmi.


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