Are you trying to decide whether to take a daily aspirin because you’ve heard there is some health benefits for your heart and you don’t want to lose out on this? This is one instance that self diagnosis is not a good idea, despite what many have been lead to believe.
Aspirinhas been shown to be helpful to lower the risk of heart attack, clot related strokes and other blood flow problems when ingested daily as prescribe for these uses. There may be a benefit to daily aspirin use if you have some kind of heart or blood vessel disease. Or if you have evidence of poor blood flow to your brain.
However, the risks of long-term aspirin use may be greater than the benefits if there are no signs of, or risk factors for, heart or blood vessel disease.
Although aspirin is a familiar and readily available drug, people shouldn’t take it for its cardiovascular benefits without discussing the risks of long-term use with a doctor. In fact because of its risks,aspirin is not approved for decreasing the risk of heart attack in healthy individuals.
Some possible risks include:
- facial swelling
- asthma attack in those with allergy
- temporary ringing in the ears & hearing loss
- stomach bleeding, kidney failure, certain strokes
- irritating your stomach lining ~ heartburn, pain, nausea, vomiting
- increase the risk of excessive bleeding ~ including bleeding in the brain
- chronic alcohol users~ increased risk of stomach bleeding, liver damage
- over time consequences ~ internal bleeding, ulcers, stomach or intestine holes
Using aspirin correctly gives you the best chance of getting the greatest benefits with the fewest unwanted side effects. If you are using aspirin everyday without the guidance of your health care provider, you could be doing your body more harm than good.