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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Constant users of aspirin risk major bleeding, study finds (DETAILS)

Constant users of aspirin risk major bleeding, study finds (DETAILS)

Using aspirin frequently to prevent heart attacks can increase the risk of major bleeding by more than 40 per cent, research has shown.

A study which looked at more than 1,000 people also found that aspirin use was associated with an 11 per cent lower risk of a cardiovascular disease.

In the experiment some of the patients were given aspirin, others a non-active placebo, and a third group had no treatment at all.

It was found that around 250 patients needed to be treated with aspirin for five years to prevent a single heart attack, stroke or death caused by cardiovascular disease, researchers said.

However the increased use of aspirin resulted in one in 200 people suffering a major bleed – a 43 per cent increase compared to those who did not take aspirin.

Taking too much aspirin is known to thin blood and increase the risk of intestinal bleeding.

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