DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new study confirms that the risk of taking a daily aspirin may outweigh the benefits in people over 70.
Dr. Mukul Chandra with Premier Physician Network joined 2 NEWS Monday to discuss the findings.
Millions of Americans take aspirin every day, with the belief that it will reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke.
“This new study has basically busted the assumption that people who have high blood pressure, who have diabetes and high cholesterol, can take a baby aspirin every day and prevent their risk for heart disease,” Dr. Chandra said. “This is clearly groundbreaking information that will change not just my practice, but practice across cardiology.”
The study found that patients who took a low-dose aspirin daily had symptoms such as gastro-intestinal bleeding, meaning that it’s actually dangerous for people who take it daily without a previous history of stroke or heart attack.
“It’s still a very important drug, an absolutely life-saving drug for people with heart disease. It’s just not something that can be taken to prevent heart disease in the first place,” Dr. Chandra says.