The Aspirin Myth

February 16, 2012

Home Care ProfessionalsMy Dad had always worried about heart attacks and strokes. Nothing the doctor said could allay his fears, even after several tests were run, and it was found that his heart was practically healthier than mine.

Everyday Dad took a couple aspirin to stave off any chance of heart troubles.

The Myth

Aspirin has long been prescribed by doctors to those who have suffered a heart attack or stroke as secondary prevention, hoping to prevent future attacks or strokes. Many even prescribed it to those who were thought to be at risk. It was thought that aspirin significantly helped to prevent clots by reducing the body’s production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins in the blood cause a series of events that make blood platelets stick together causing clots. Thus, by reducing prostaglandins, aspirin lowered risk of clots.

The Facts

  • Lately, however, doctors have discovered that aspirin does little to help those who have no history of heart troubles.
  • According to a recent study published by St. George’s University of London the small amount that aspirin reduces clotting is often far outweighed by the risk of internal bleeding.
  • The lead author of the report, Dr. Rao Seshasai, encourages those who have a history of heart disease to keep taking their medication but reaffirms that an aspirin regiment does little to help those with no history of heart troubles.

*To view the study yourself, you can visit its page at the Archives of Internal Medicine website.

How To Find Peace of Mind

If you are worried about a loved one suffering a heart attack or stroke and cannot be there as often as you would like, consider hiring a home care professional. Home care professionals can be there with your loved one and call for help if a situation arises. Many are even trained to deal with medical emergencies themselves and can make all the difference should a heart attack or stroke strike your loved one.

Chris Lerch, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Houston

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.

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Chris M. Lerch, Owner

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.

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