But is that a fact? Is that the reality? Has your doctor, pharmacist, district nurse, diabetes educator, or any other medical person told you to take a small (minimum dose) aspirin a day, to help prevent a Heart attack? A Blood clot? A Stroke?
It is time you asked them to update their information, because there is a report recently out that states just the opposite!
Contradicting current recommendations, a new trial finds that aspirin does not reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke for people with diabetes or peripheral arterial disease.
The study showed that aspirin is ineffective in primary prevention…. The number of heart attacks and strokes was exactly the same over eight years for those taking aspirin and those taking placebo.
Both the American Heart Association and the U.S. government recommend aspirin for people who have not had heart attacks or strokes but are at high risk for cardiovascular trouble because of conditions such as diabetes.
Those recommendations probably should be changed, said Dr. William R. Hiatt, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado…………
The newly reported study is consistent with six other studies on primary prevention, and all those studies were negative……..
The current recommendations are based on analysis of studies that found some primary prevention benefit in subgroups, he said. “Overall, if you do not have heart disease, the risk of bleeding outweighs any benefit you get from aspirin.”
Aspirin acts as a blood thinner, which is believed to account for much of its benefit of protecting against heart attacks and strokes. But that same action, along with a tendency to deplete the stomach’s protective lining, can lead to a danger of gastrointestinal bleeding and possibly bleeding in the brain.
AND HOT OFF THE PRESS:
Aspirin increases your risk of Crohn’s disease fivefold
People regularly take an aspirin a day to ward off heart problems – but they are also greatly increasing their chances of developing Crohn’s disease, the debilitating gut problem. Researchers have discovered that people increase their chances of developing Crohn’s fivefold if they take an aspirin a day for more than a year. A research team from the University of East Anglia made the discovery when they tracked 200,000 healthy volunteers in Europe, some of whom developed Crohn’s. The researchers discovered that regular aspirin users, who had taken the drug for a year or longer, were much more likely to develop the problem. Crohn’s causes inflammation and swelling in any part of the digestive system, and it requires lifelong medication; in more serious cases, surgery is necessary and a few sufferers also develop bowel cancer.
(Source: Digestive Disease Week conference, New Orleans, May 3, 2010).