How Safe is an Aspirin a Day?

January 17th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Fox News is reporting on a new study that conflicts with what many people thought were the ultimate benefits of a taking a daily dose of aspirin.

aspirin IMAGEThe study was conducted by a group of researchers based in the UK. According to the Fox report, the group found 27 studies that were conducted between the years of 2008 and 2012, and this is where they gathered their evidence. All research was gathered by nine randomized controlled studies.

For years, people who have had heart attacks or strokes have been told by their doctors to take a daily aspirin to help prevent blood clots. Patients who suffer from these medical conditions develop hardening of the arteries and this hardening can lead to blood clots. Past research has revealed that a person who has suffered a stroke has up to a fifteen percent chance of suffering another stroke within a year. Aspirin has been proven effective in breaking up blood clots, and that reduces that risk of another stroke by one quarter.

The UK study concluded that, in the ten year period they looked at, taking an aspirin on a daily basis stopped between 33 to 46 deaths in 10,000 people.

But the new study also found that daily aspirin use increases risks of internal bleeding. During that same ten year period, between 46 to 49 people died of major bleeds and 68 to 117 died of gastrointestinal bleeds in 10,000 people.

These numbers mean that taking aspirin on a daily basis increases the risk of stomach bleeding by 37 percent and the risk of hemorrhagic stroke by 38 percent.  This could mean that the risks of taking a daily aspirin by a healthy adult far outweigh the benefits.

If you’ve had serious side-effects by treatments that were prescribed by your doctor, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney in Westport, Connecticut to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.

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