(NaturalNews) Aspirin is unhelpful in preventing heart-related death in those "at risk" of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB).
Doctors have long recommended that people who have survived heart attacks or strokes take an aspirin a day in order to reduce their risk of dying from another cardiovascular event. Between 2005 and 2006, however, many health professionals began to recommend the practice in people who had never suffered a cardiovascular event, but who were considered "at risk" to do so - such as those over the age of 50, those with Type 2 diabetes or those with high blood pressure.
"Current evidence for primary prevention suggests the benefits and harms of aspirin in this setting may be more finely balanced than previously thought," said DTB editor Ike Ikeanacho, "even in individuals estimated to be at high risk of experiencing cardiovascular events, including those with diabetes or elevated blood pressure."
A recent meta-analysis of six prior studies into the risks and benefits of a daily aspirin in people considered "at risk" of cardiovascular disease found that heart benefits of the treatment were minimal, and were far outweighed by the increased risk of potentially fatal gastrointestinal bleeding.
"For those who do not have heart and circulatory disease the risk of serious bleeding outweighs the potential preventative benefits of taking aspirin," agreed the British Heart Foundation. "We advise people not to take aspirin daily, unless they check with their doctor. The best way to reduce your risk of developing this disease is to avoid smoking, eat a diet low in saturated fat and rich in fruit and vegetables and take regular physical activity."
The DTB called for the revision of guidelines on daily aspirin use, and for a review of all patients currently undergoing daily aspirin treatment.
Sources for this story include: news.bbc.co.uk.
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Dr. Rob's Comments
Aspirin does thin the blood. That much I will give you. But what do you really want? Thin blood or a healthy cardiovascular system? This study hammer's yet another nail in the coffin of allopathic medicine. You see, medical effectiveness largely depends on the questions you ask. It was assumed that if your blood is thinner then, logically, your cardiovascular system would work better. But when you ask the question, "does aspirin prevent deaths associated with cardiovascular disease?" you get the truth. NO! It never has and never will. Drugs, whether pushed or prescribed have never increased health, they have only made you feel better while the underlying cause continues to fester until you need the next drug. Get off of that cycle. We can help!