Although the consumption of aspirin is common currency, given the large number of people who take one per day to avoid cardiovascular problems, its role in the primary prevention of diseases is not entirely clear , especially in the elderly, who they have a higher risk, according to a scientific study.
These initial findings from the ASPREE study , supported by the US National Institutes of Health and published in The New England Journal of Medicine , revealed the drug’s role in the lives of older adults in an international study that studied 19,114 people over 70 .
In a dialogue with Infobae , the cardiologist Rafael Díaz , director of ECLA (Clinical Studies Latin America) and director of the Cardiology Department of the Cardiovascular Institute of Rosario explained: “Aspirin is the most noble and important drug, the most used and with an indication Clear: patients who had a previous episode should take it for life because not taking it increases the risk of suffering it again, it would be risky for people to think that they should not take aspirin.
For cardiologist Jorge Tartaglione, president of the Argentine Cardiological Foundation (FCA), this is a study that deepens into a long held belief and that it is important that these results exist to overthrow myths. “Aspirin in a person without Heart problems do not prevent the possibility of having a future heart problem, “he told Infobae.
To conduct the study, the participants were divided into two groups: one had to take a low dose of aspirin daily and the other did not. None of the participants had disorders that required the use of this drug and were in perfect condition. The observation was for an average of 4.7 years.
In healthy adults without previous cardiovascular events , aspirin did not prolong healthy and independent life (life free of dementia or persistent physical disability).
The risk of dying from a variety of causes, including cancer and heart disease, varied and will require further analysis and follow-up by study participants, according to the authors.
For the head of the Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery of the Favaloro Foundation, Oscar Mendiz (MN 73900), the person who has been prescribed aspirin by a health professional should not abandon it: “The patient should continue with what the patient told him.
Doctor, the one that self-medicates has to go to a professional also and avoid doing it “, he emphasized to Infobae.
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