Millions of adults are taking low-dose aspirin daily without their doctor’s recommendation, according to a new study, jeopardizing their health in the process.
Though some health officials previously recommended daily low-dose aspirin for heart disease prevention, guidelines released earlier this year advise against taking the medication in certain cases, citing three major clinical trials in 2018 that found ‘consistent bleeding risks’ linked to daily use.
Aspirin is an inexpensive and readily available anti-inflammatory and antiplatelet drug that has a thinning effect on blood.
Doctors may recommend that someone at risk for stroke or heart attack take a low dose of aspirin every day as a preventative measure.
In the past, many adults viewed daily low-dose aspirin as a common, safe method for preventing cardiovascular disease.
However, aspirin’s blood-thinning effect can put people who take the medication daily at risk of developing potentially serious bleeding issues.