A Daily Aspirin May Cause Internal Bleeding
January 10, 2012
A daily aspirin may not be worth the risk for people with no existing heart condition.
A study of more than 100,000 people by St George’s, University of London, found that an aspirin a day could reduce heart risks by 10%.
But long-term there is a 30% increase in the risk of life-threatening or debilitating internal bleeding.
Aspirin, which thins the blood and helps prevent clotting, is a standard treatment for patients recovering from heart attacks or strokes.
Many doctors have also prescribed regular aspirin as a precaution to healthy people who may be at increased risk due to their medical and family history.
For every 120 people treated with aspirin for around six years, one cardiovascular event was averted.