Warning For People Over 75-Years-Old Who Take A Daily Aspirin

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Taking aspirin over the age of 75 may result in fatal internal bleeding, but aspirin’s heart attack preventing benefits still outweigh the risks, according to a new study in the Lancet.

While the stomach bleeds can be potentially prevented by taking stomach-protecting PPI pills, taking a daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack is still essential, and stopping aspirin use suddenly could be dangerous, according to BBC News.

Researchers have found that there is a much higher risk of fatal or disabling bleeds in people over 75-years-old who take a daily aspirin than previously thought. A daily aspirin dose of 75 mg is usually prescribed in both the U.S. and Europe to prevent heart attacks or strokes.

But the new study has shown that long-time daily use of aspirin increases the risk of stomach bleeds, which can be fatal in some cases. However, the risk of fatal bleeds is still overshadowed by the benefits of aspirin to prevent heart attacks, the research says.

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