In this archive of Thursday, August 23, 2018, some aspirin pills are shown in New York.
Millions of people who consume aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to reconsider their habit, Harvard researchers reported Monday.
People recommended a low dose of aspirin daily, people who have suffered from a heart attack or a cardiovascular episode, as well as those who have been diagnosed with heart disease.
But for healthy people, the recommendation may have adverse effects. This year, guidelines outline the usual use of aspirin for many older adults who do not suffer from heart disease, and emphasize that it is only for some younger and medical orders.
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In 2017, some 29 million people in the United States consumed at least 40 aspirin per day in spite of not a known heart condition, the last available data according to a study jointly conducted by Harvard and the Center doctor bed Israeli deacons. About 6.6 million people do not have a doctor's recommendation.
And almost half of people who are at least 70 years old and do not suffer from heart disease, which is about 10 million, consumed aspirin daily as a preventive measure, the researchers reported in the internal medicine.
"A lot of patients are confused," said Colin Obriyan, a senior citizen of internal medicine in Israel who led the report.
Of course, doctors have urged people to use anticoagulant qualities of aspirin for years to reduce the chances of first-heart attack. However, some surprising new studies were published last year that questioned that assumption. The reports are some of the most extensive and profound in testing the effects of aspirin in people with low and moderate risk of heart attack, and discovered only marginal benefits, if any, especially among the elderly. However, aspirin consumers have a marked increase in bleeding of the digestive tract and other side effects.
In March, these findings led to a change in the American Heart Association's and the American Cardiology Society's guidelines:
– Men over the age of 70 who do not have heart disease – or younger but at a higher risk of bleeding – should keep their daily intake of aspirin.
– Only certain people between the ages of 40 and 70 who do not have heart disease are at high risk of being fortified daily between 75 and 100 milligrams of aspirin, if decided by a doctor.
Nothing changed for survivors of heart attacks: Aspirin consumption is still recommended.
There is no way to know how many people found out about the new recommendations.
"We expect more GPs to talk to their patients about aspirin use, and more patients should wake up with their doctors," said Abriyan.