When it comes to reducing the risk of heart attack, the very first thing that doctors suggest are small, white-colored pills of Aspirin. It’s is a widely popular medicine prescribed to decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke or colon cancer across the globe, which has been used for these purposes for years. In fact, this one medicine, Aspirin, has gained a lot of trust worldwide that people who have suffered from heart attack think that taking a few pills everyday will keep the heart attack away.
However, some recent studies conducted in United States show a different side of this story. According to those researches, risks associated with Aspirin far outweigh the benefits associated with it.
There’s no doubt in the fact that Aspirin reduces the risk of heart attack and colon cancer. However, by how much times it reduces that risk is still unclear. According to studies about which we’re discussing in this article, it’s not as effective in reducing the risk of heart attack, cardiovascular diseases or colon cancer as it’s thought, especially in the case of fist heart attack.
According to researchers, only a few people gain any major benefit from Aspirin in case of first heart attack and it’s still unclear that which people gain that benefit. On the other hand, the risks associated with its daily usage are far more concerning than the minor benefits associated with it.
Two major ones out of them are:
• Risk of gastrointestinal bleeding – a severe health condition that may take anyone to the bed of hospital
• Risk of bleeding in brain
Some other minor side-effects includes light bleeding in digestive tract and ulcers in stomach. The risks of these side effects increase significantly if you’re younger than 65. The study was conducted on 28,000 women who were young and healthy with an average age of 55. They were randomly prescribed low-dose Aspirin of 100 mg or placebo pills everyday for a time span of 15 years.
After 15 years, around 11% of those women either developed cancer, suffered from a heart attack or stroke. Some of them even died due to cardiovascular causes. Women who were prescribed Aspirin showed a small decrease of their odds of developing these diseases, but at the expense of an increase in the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.
After the results of this study U.S. FDA has banned the use of Aspirin for preventing first-time heart attacks. It has been suggested by FDA that Aspirin should be prescribed only if a patient is on the significant risk of suffering from heart attack, colon cancer or cardiovascular diseases.
So here’s the bottom line – before you start taking Aspirin on a regular basis, discuss it with your doctor. You (or your family, in some severe cases) won’t regret it later.