Aspirin Every Day: Yea or Nay?

While an aspirin regimen has proven to lower your risk of heart attack or stroke, as it turns out, taking this pill every day could in fact worsen your overall health.

In a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, results show that one in 10 people do not have a need for an aspirin regimen. According to this CNN article, researchers looked through nearly 70,000 health records of patients receiving care at nearly 120 cardiology practices in the US. It was determined that many of those participants who took aspirin had too low a risk of heart attack or stroke to justify this over-the-counter drug use.

Dr. Salim Virani, an author of the study, cardiologist and assisting professor of medicine at Baylor College said that some 7,972 patients taking the aspirin regimen had a less than six percent chance of having a heart attack or stroke within the next 10 years. Furthermore, taking aspirin when not needed is harmful to a person’s body. Unnecessary use has been proven to cause intestinal bleeding, ulcers and even possible bleeding in the brain.

If anything is to be taken away from this heavy warning, it’s that you should pay attention to the labels on these medicine bottles and consult your doctor before beginning any medicine. And never take anything you don’t need!

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