People have been relying on aspirin for a long time now to avoid being under the radar of heart disease. However, things are changing now and doctors are urging adults to put that aspirin away if there has not been a history of heart problems with you.
Aspirin has always been the choice of older adults when it comes to saving themselves from heart problems in the future. Is it really that reliable? The long-term dependence of older people on the dose has left this question in our minds!
Doctors have conducted studies on this and they are now advising people on the use of the medicine.
American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association has announced the conclusion regarding this matter. According to them, taking a small dose of aspirin on a regular basis is not recommended for older people who are not in the “high-risk” zone revolving around heart disease.
These guidelines describe the details of the intake of aspirin in a very specific manner.
The ones who are at a high risk of heart problem, particularly people with the following health issues:
High cholesterol level which is hard to reduce,
Trouble controlling blood sugar levels.
These two conditions can be pointing towards a dose of aspirin to avoid a heart stroke, but it still comes with a warning. Those guidelines clearly mention that there needs to be a check on internal bleeding before taking that pill.
Dr. Roger Blumenthal, one of the specialists involved in the declaration of new guidelines said, “Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people without known cardiovascular disease.” He further stated that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is better than turning to aspirin for preventive measures.
Dr. Kevin Campbell, a cardiologist from North Carolina has a similar view as Dr. Roger Blumenthal when it comes to securing ourselves from the risk of heart diseases. He said, “I would advocate a healthy lifestyle, smoking cessation, and risk-factor modification before even considering aspirin therapy in a patient without known cardiovascular disease.”
The use of aspirin and its health effects vary from person to person. So, every individual needs to consult the doctor before putting aspirin in their schedule of medication.
Aspirin is beneficial for those who have experienced heart problems in the past, experienced an attack or undergone open-heart surgery.
Before recommending aspirin, doctors should consider any risk of internal bleeding and the patients are equally responsible to assure that. The chances of bleeding are more in the case of kidney-related problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems.
Apart from these factors that increase the risk of bleeding, some medicines also put a person in the risk area. These include steroids, direct oral anticoagulants and warfarin which is a blood thinner.
There is a constant emphasis on a good lifestyle and healthy habits in these new guidelines. Regular exercise, proper intake of food which includes all the components that lead to a healthy heart, staying away from smoking, all these measures would help in preventing the danger of a heart stroke.
There is another risk factor for cardiovascular disease – Type 2 diabetes. The guidelines specify the preventive measures for such patients:
A proper diet
Exercise – Go for a swim or a brisk walk and complete 150 minutes of that in a week. After that, shift to a little heavier physical exercise like running.
A well-managed weight control routine.
So, it can be concluded that a healthy lifestyle can do way more than a low-dose of aspirin daily. Think again before you decide to rely on aspirin for preventing the risk of heart disease.