Second Thoughts About America’s Favorite Drug

The latest national survey shows that more than half of all middle-aged adults take aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke. This unusually high number contradicts what the Food and Drug Administration has been advocating; take aspirin if you have a high risk of experiencing these things.

The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. It stated that people aged 45 to 75 takes aspirin every day. Good for business, but not exactly good practice for men and women who aren’t in danger of heart ailments.

AspirinCraig Williams, a pharmacologist at Oregon State, said, “That’s very controversial in the medical community.” He also quipped that, “Everyone agrees that for people who have already had a cardiac event, the benefits outweigh the risk.”

In order to counter the 610,000 average death counts from heart attacks, Americans are flocking the pharmacies in search for the supposed pill against heart ailments. Aspirin thins the blood and prevents clogging in the heart vessels. Stenting is making waves recently, but the public are still reticent in opting for a surgery.

The research also suggested the downside of this seemingly beneficial practice. Consistent intake of aspirin to those not-at-risks will produce side effects. That is because most aspirin takers are trying to prevent something that so unlikely to happen. Cardiologist Dr. Steve Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic said, “The vast majority of people in America who take aspirin for prevention are what I like to call the ‘worried well.’ “

He even stated that most of them are completely fit. “They are perfectly healthy. They may not even have a lot of risk factors. But they’re very health conscious. And somebody told them that aspirin was good for preventing heart attacks, so they just started taking it.”

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Even though the study has been done before, many Americans are still going on with their Aspirin habit. As far back as 2010, several articles from CBS and other networks have begun publishing the same article.

People with high cholesterol levels, blood pressure, diabetes and family history are the ones who should take Aspirin. Those who are not at risk are damaging themselves rather than aiding their non-existent heart condition. Some of those most dangerous ailments they can develop is gastrointestinal bleeding. As people who are not at risk age and still take aspirin, they have a high chance of developing the ailment.

Low-dose or not, someone with no history or risk of heart ailment should not be taking aspirin. The dangers far outweigh the benefits he or she does not need.