Study Finds Risks Of Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Could Outweigh Benefits

Published: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 5:05am
Updated: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 9:27am

Taking a daily dose of aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke could have other, serious consequences. But a new study found the risks could outweigh the benefits.

If you already have a heart condition or suffered a heart attack or stroke, then Dr. Todd Hurst, a cardiologist at Banner Heart Institute, says a low-dose aspirin is probably appropriate.

But if you’re taking it because you think it could protect your heart, there could be more risks.

"The more recent study is specifically looking at intracranial or within the brain bleeding and shower there is a 30-40 percent increase of brain bleeding for people that don’t have heart disease but are taking baby aspirin," Hurst said.

Hurst says bleeding in the stomach or GI tract are also possible. The study appeared in the journal JAMA Neurology. 

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