Medical evidence is constantly being revised, like a weather forecast. Things that were considered good, healthy practice one year might be out the next.
The latest entry? Low-dosage aspirin.
Years ago I asked my doctor about an article I had read about the subject. The author suggested that an aspirin regimen would be beneficial, not only for those diagnosed with a heart condition, but as preventative and long term cardio-vascular health care for just about anyone else. My doctor agreed with the article findings and I started taking the 81 mg tablets with my daily vitamin each day at breakfast.
Then I read this eight year study on the subject:
Healthy people taking a daily dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks may be doing themselves more harm than good, according to a new study by British scientists.
Researchers found that the risks of bleeding from taking aspirin were such that its routine use in healthy people “cannot be supported” — although they did not dispute its use in patients with a history of vascular problems.
The study was led by Professor Gerry Fowkes from the Wolfson Unit for Prevention of Peripheral Vascular Diseases in Edinburgh, Scotland, and presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona Sunday.
I could stop taking the aspirin or I could wait another 8 years until the next study is published. The results might be different then.
I’ll call my doctor and get his opinion. I hope he’s not waiting for the next report himself…
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