Who Must Stop Taking Aspirin Daily?

We keep hearing the advise that taking a small amount of aspirin daily is a good way to prevent heart disease. Aspirin is a blood thinner – so it helps to keep the blood flowing – and in theory should help prevent clots. The problem is that aspirin can also promote dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach. In the past this risk was downplayed – considering the heart benefit.

But, if you haven’t had a heart attack, step away from the aspirin bottle… If you are one of the 40 million Americans who take an aspirin every day, you may want to heed the latest warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

After many decades of promoting aspirin, the FDA now says that if you have not experienced a heart problem, you should not be taking a daily aspirin—even if you have a family history of heart disease. This represents a significant departure from FDA’s prior position on aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks.

On its website, the FDA now says:

“FDA has concluded that the data do not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems, a use that is called ‘primary prevention.’ In such people, the benefit has not been established but risks — such as dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach — are still present.”

Their announcement was prompted by Bayer’s request to change its aspirin label to indicate it can help prevent heart attacks in healthy individuals. Aspirin generated $1.27 billion in sales for Bayer last year, and from Bayer’s request, it appears they want everyone to be taking their drug.

But the FDA says “not so fast”—and rightly so. Evidence in support of using aspirin preventatively has gone from weak to weaker to nonexistent. It looks as though aspirin, even “low-dose aspirin” (LDA), may do far more harm than good.

Story at-a-glance

  • The FDA recently reversed its position on taking daily aspirin if you haven’t had a heart attack, concluding that the risks outweigh the benefits
  • Scientific studies have failed to prove that low-dose aspirin offers safe and effective protection from cardiovascular disease
  • Aspirin can lead to serious medical problems such as gastrointestinal and intracranial bleeds, ulcers, kidney failure, blindness, and many more
  • A safer, more effective approach to heart health is reducing chronic inflammation through diet, exercise, sun exposure, and grounding yourself to the earth

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

article source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/04/daily-aspirin-side-effects.aspx
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