According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, a daily low-dose of aspirin doesn’t provide any major health benefits in older adults.
The study shows the risk of major hemorrhage was higher with aspirin than placebo.
One Hagerstown cardiologist said this study doesn’t mean older adults who’ve had heart attacks should stop taking the pain killer.
“This doesn’t necessarily mean that patients that have it had a heart attack before shouldn’t take aspirin, it’s really what we call primary prevention, so patients who have never had any heart cardiac history,” Dr. Chris Vaccari.
This conclusion comes after an international study that found that taking low-dose aspirin may actually be harmful for older people with no prior history of a heart attack or stroke. Researchers agreed that the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding potentially caused by the medication outweighs any heart benefits.