A study at Edinburgh Uni has found that daily use of aspirin almost doubled the risk of dangerous internal bleeding of the stomach or brain, while having no beneficial effect on preventing heart attacks or strokes. There is pressure for ‘blanket prescribing’ of aspirin for all people who are middle-aged or above. The findings support 6 other trials which suggest that aspirin’s side-effects mean there is no net benefit for healthy people taking it. These findings were presented in Barcelona at the European Soc. of Cardiology, attended by over 30,000 heart specialists. Study jointly led by Prof. Gerry Fowkes. D. Mail 31.8.09
Ed’s Note: The vast majority of people taking aspirin daily are doing it to keep their blood thinner and prevent clotting as a preventative measure against heart disease and stroke. Never stop what you’re taking and talk to your GP, but I will say it again, there are several alternatives you could consider, without the side effects: Vitamin E, ginkgo and fish oils are all good blood thinners. Vitamin E Complex and good quality fish oils both also have a raft of other cardiovascular health benefits.