An article was published by the American Medical Association on June 6th stating the risks of aspirin now greatly outweigh the pros. Aspirin has been said to decrease inflammation, reduce the risk of death and to inhibit blood clots. Many doctors recommend a small dose to treat those with high blood pressure or heart problems. But what if this treatment is doing more harm than good?
Recent studies show that this everday over the counter medication could be much more dangerous than most of us know. Aspirin use for the treatment of cardiovascular disease has been proven to greatly increase the risk of hemorrhaging. The 186’425 patients who were treated with low doses of aspirin were 5.58% more susceptible to hemorrhaging verses the other patients who were not given aspirin but had matched controls. Any benefits of low dose aspirin use to aid patients with diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension or ischemic heart disease have been offset by the risk of high rate bleeding, gastrointestinal and intracranial hemorrhagic complications. The Antithrombotic Trialist Collaboration conducted an analysis suggesting that diabetes contributes to the risk of cardiovascular disease and increases the chance of extracranial hemorrhage.
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