Risk of internal bleeding – US panel of experts warns against aspirin

PublishedOctober 13, 2021, 2:32 pm

In the United States, certain people with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke are recommended to take aspirin daily. The recommendation is now wavering.

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Aspirin is widely used in the United States because it thins blood and can help prevent clots.

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A panel of experts has recommended taking the drug for years.

A panel of experts has recommended taking the drug for years.

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Now this recommendation could fall, writes the AFP news agency.

Now this recommendation could fall, writes the AFP news agency.

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  • Many people take aspirin daily to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

  • Health experts from the USA are now warning of this.

  • Internal bleeding could potentially cause serious damage.

Experts from the United States Preventive Services Taskforce (USPSTF) have advised people over 60 not to take aspirin every day. People between the ages of 40 and 59 who are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease should also be careful. Even if there is no corresponding history. The experts recommend that these people seek medical advice and then decide for themselves whether they want to take aspirin or not.

Risk of internal bleeding

This recommendation is a U-turn: In the United States, aspirin is widely used because it thins the blood and can therefore prevent a clot. Since 2016, the panel has recommended all people between 40 and 50 years of age to take aspirin daily if they have an increased risk of at least ten percent of having a heart attack or stroke in the next ten years.

Studies are now calling these recommendations into question. The experts also referred on Tuesday to indications that the risk of internal bleeding – especially in the brain or intestines – with regular intake of aspirin should increase with age.

New recommendation not yet final

“Taking aspirin every day can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, but it can also potentially cause serious damage, such as internal bleeding,” said USPSTF representative John Wong. The benefits of the drug did not offset the increased risk.

However, the new recommendations are not yet final. They will be open for public discussion until the beginning of November. The previous recommendation for patients to take aspirin after a stroke or heart attack is not affected by the U-turn.

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(AFP / mur)

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