Taking Daily Aspirin May Save Your Life After Heart Attack, Stroke
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s MMW sounded the alarm that around 30% of folks who have already had a heart attack, stroke or experience angina are not opting for the prevention that a pennies-a-day dose of aspirin can provide. They were pointing out how 75 to 162mg a day (far less than an ounce) can prevent recurring cardio problems. That’s worth a lot of pounds (and dollars) that you might otherwise have to spend on a cure — if you’re lucky enough to survive another round of heart problems.
For folks with stable ischemic heart disease, aspirin use can cut the risk of another stroke or heart attack by 37%, the need for angioplasty by 53% and the risk for unstable angina by 46%. (We each take 162 mg daily with ½ glass of warm water before and after to ease potential gastro problems).
Added bonus: Aspirin also helps reduce the risk of at least nine different cancers. And a 2011 meta-study of eight randomized clinical studies, found daily aspirin reduced the overall risk of dying from cancer by 20%. The largest benefit was in avoiding gastrointestinal cancers, particularly colorectal cancer. Breast, lung and prostate cancer risks were also significantly reduced. Aspirin may be your ounce of prevention.
(Reuters Health) – People without heart disease who take a daily aspirin may lower their risk of a heart attack or stroke, but a new study confirms they also have an increased risk of severe internal bleeding.
U.S. doctors have long advised adults who haven’t had a heart attack or stroke but are at high risk for these events to take a daily aspirin pill, an approach known as primary prevention. Even though there’s clear evidence aspirin works for this purpose, many physicians and patients have been reluctant to follow the recommendations because of the risk of rare but potentially fatal internal bleeding.
“The results demonstrate that there are cardiovascular benefits, but that they are quite closely matched by increased risks of serious bleeding,” said lead study author Dr. Sean Zheng of King’s College London and Imperial College London.
Still, the results reinforce the need for doctors and patients to have a thoughtful discussion of the benefits and harms of aspirin for primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes, Dr. Michael Gaziano of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston writes in an accompanying editorial.
REFERENCE – https://www.reuters.com