This study was published in the American Heart Association journal on 17th March 2019 as preventive guidelines on cardiovascular diseases.
Aspirin is a very commonly available medicine. It is a pain reliever medication drug. It is also consumed by people suffering from heart diseases on a regular basis in order to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It works by thinning the blood thus preventing the formation of clots.
Most people consume aspirin on a daily basis to avoid a heart attack or stroke. But recently the myth has been broken which reveals that daily consumption of aspirin does more harm than good to the human body. This is for people who intake the drug with no past history of such diseases.
This research does not apply to people who have a medical history of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases. This is also not for people who have undergone bypass surgery or have got stents installed in their coronary arteries.
According to the study, in people with no sign of any heart disease, aspirin can cause excessive internal bleeding and other side effects.
An older study supports the present study stating that daily consumption of aspirin does no benefits to the human body. This study was done to find out if there are any benefits of taking aspirin daily for healthy older adults.
Researchers also said that aspirin can be considered a useful medicine for people with no past records of cardiovascular diseases, only if they show no signs of blood thinning or if their doctor advises them to consume aspirin.
Dr. Erin Michos, one of the writers of new preventive guidelines said, "Heart attack rates have gone down in more modern society with lower smoking rates and better treatment of blood pressure, better treatment of cholesterol."
Michos further added, "There probably was more of a role for aspirin back in the older trials, even though the bleeding issue has always been seen there. For primary prevention, the risk of bleeding and the benefits of reducing heart attack are pretty matched, even to even. So there isn't a lot of gain for taking aspirin."
Dr. Daniel Muñoz, an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee said, “It's clear that for certain populations – the elderly and, in particular, patients who have a high (internal) bleeding risk – aspirin may, in fact, do more harm than good, but there are no absolutes, so these decisions need to be tailored to the individuals."
Experts recommend that there are other important ways in which prevention and precaution can be taken in order to avoid the risk of heart diseases. A healthy lifestyle, doing physical activities, and having a proper diet can help a person remain healthy and away from such diseases.