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Aspirin Does Not Prevent Heart Attack in People with Body Weight Over 154 Pounds

By jeremyc | August 4, 2018

Many people over 50 take aspirin in low dose daily to lower their risk of stroke, heart attack and certain forms of cancers. However, a latest study shows that if you weigh more than a certain weight, you might not get the intended benefits.

New research partially contradicts previous studies that have found aspirin to be helpful in preventing heart-related events as well as certain cancers among people who are in the age bracket of 50-69 years. What the new study is saying that while aspiring is effective at reducing risk of cancer, stroke, and heart attack, these benefits vary according to a person’s weight and might not be extended to all.

Several previous studies have highlighted aspirin usefulness. For instance, in a recently-published study, the researchers suggested that when people suddenly stopped taking low-dose aspirin, their risk of developing a heart attack or stroke increased. Another recently study stated that use of aspirin for long-term was linked to noticeably lower risk of developing digestive cancer.

Based on findings of such studies, many healthcare experts recommend people in the age bracket of 50-69 years to take a low-dose aspirin daily or regularly to lower their risk of strokes, heart attack and certain cancers.

In this study, the researchers found that when people who had a body weight between 110 and 154 pounds took low-dose aspirin (81 mg), their risk of developing stroke, heart attack and certain cancers was 23 percent lower.

However interestingly, people who weighed more than 154 pounds didn’t get these benefits.

The natural question that came up was: Should these people take aspirin in higher dose?

Experts recommend against this. The risk of developing excessive bleeding increases significantly with long-term use of high-dose aspirin.

What’s the safe dosage of aspirin for people over 154 pounds, then? As of now this question is undecided. We might get a definite answer when further research is done on this.

Nevertheless, one thing is certain. Anyone who has had a stroke or heart attack should consider taking aspirin, as should middle-aged people who have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.



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