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Does a daily aspirin do more harm than good?

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You’ve heard for decades take an aspirin a day to ward off a heart attack but for some people it doesn’t apply and could do more harm. A new extensive study just released about taking baby aspirin has raised a lot of questions and we sort it all out with a cardiologist with our partners at Intermountain Medical Center.

The near five-year study looked at roughly 20,000 healthy elderly patients.

“The study found that in fact for these type of patients there really isn’t an advantage to being on a baby aspirin in fact there was a very low risk of bleeding complications”

But Dr. Kent Meredith, Interventional Cardiologist at Intermountain Medical Center, cautions, “remember this study was looking at healthy patients in their 70s and 80s and this really does not apply at all to patients who have heart disease who have had a heart attack or bypass surgery or a stent in their heart or who have had a stroke those patients clearly benefit from taking an aspirin.” 

Dr. Meredith says some people have gotten into the habit of taking a daily aspirin even though they might not need it because of just how effective the drug is. 

“A patient who is in the middle of having a heart attack if they take aspirin that is one of the most powerful medications they can use to actually reverse the process.” 

Dr. Meredith says that fact has prompted some people to want that peace of mind to prevent a heart attack. He says that may apply to people with a heart condition but there is a slight chance it causes unnecessary bleeding and healthy people.

“What we really want them to do is call their doctor and ask if this study applies to them for a lot of patients out there yes this is information that will be beneficial.”

Dr. Meredith recommends to all of his patients to exercise daily eat healthy and talk to your doctor about any changes.

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