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Is Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Really Worth It for Seniors?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 16, 2018 – There's disappointing news for seniors: A new trial shows that taking daily low-dose aspirin doesn't prolong healthy, independent living in otherwise healthy people aged 70 and older. Aspirin has long been recommended for middle-aged folks with a history of heart disease, to prevent future heart attacks or strokes. Researchers had hoped that aspirin's specific effects ...

'Million Hearts' Project Aims to Prevent 1 Million Cardiac Crises

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Millions of Americans aren't taking simple steps that could ward off a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, a new government report shows. Heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related conditions caused 2.2 million hospitalizations in 2016, new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Many of these emergencies occurred because ...

Aspirin, Fish Oil May Not Prevent Heart Trouble in Those Already at Risk

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – Aspirin or fish oil probably won't help prevent heart attacks or strokes in folks who are already at risk for cardiovascular issues, three new studies show. In the first study, taking a daily, low-dose aspirin did little to ward off first strokes or heart attacks in people who smoked, or had high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Meanwhile, a second set of studies ...

Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Be Weapon Against Ovarian Cancer

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – One low-dose aspirin a day could help women avoid ovarian cancer or boost their survival should it develop, two new studies suggest. In fact, daily low-dose aspirin – the type many older women already take to help their hearts – was tied to a 10 percent reduction in developing ovarian cancer. It was also tied to as much as a 30 percent improvement in survival for ...

Could Aspirin Help Keep Alzheimer's Away?

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 – If new research in mice bears out in humans, that daily low-dose aspirin many people take to keep heart trouble at bay might also protect their brains against Alzheimer's. Scientists report aspirin appeared to help clear out plaques of waste material called amyloid beta in the brain. Those plaques are a major sign of Alzheimer's disease. "The results of our study ...

Heart Meds May Be Wrong for Millions of Americans

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Millions of Americans may be getting the wrong treatment to prevent a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests. Prescriptions for blood-thinning aspirin, cholesterol-lowering statins and blood pressure medications might be incorrect because a tool that estimates risk appears to be off by as much as 20 percent, Stanford University researchers reported. That means almost ...

AHA: Aspirin May Help Some Pregnant Women Avoid Preeclampsia

Posted 25 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A daily dose of aspirin could help pregnant women in the first stage of high blood pressure avoid a condition that puts both mother and baby in danger, according to a new study. New guidelines lowering the threshold for what defines high blood pressure pose a quandary for doctors who treat pregnant women at risk for preeclampsia. High blood ...

After 'Mini-Stroke,' Drug Combo (Aspirin Plus Clopidogrel) Could Help Cut Odds for Major Attack

Posted 16 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – A dual-drug approach after a "mini-stroke" might maximize a person's odds of avoiding a more major stroke in the months after, research shows. Minor strokes and events known as "transient ischemic attacks" (TIA), or mini-strokes, are warning signs that people have an up to 15 percent chance of having a more severe stroke during the next three months, explained a team ...

Daily Aspirin Can Bring Heart Benefits, But Risks Too

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – For people who have both type 2 diabetes and heart failure, new research offers a mixed message on taking a daily low-dose aspirin. The study found the daily pill can reduce the risk for heart failure-related hospitalization and death in people who have both conditions. However, it also found that a daily aspirin raises their risk for nonfatal heart attack and stroke. ...

Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint Replacement

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests. Researchers said the findings could change some doctors' prescribing habits. After knee or hip replacement surgery, there's a risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs. So it's routine for patients to take ...

Is Low-Dose Aspirin Right for You After Surgery?

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Each year, millions of American heart patients go "under the knife" for various kinds of surgery. Often they're told to take a low-dose aspirin, to help lower their odds for a post-op blood clot. But does that practice reduce the risk of additional heart problems? A new study says yes. Giving low-dose aspirin after surgeries unrelated to heart problems – things like ...

Can Aspirin Stop Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients?

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Daily aspirin may reduce the risk of liver cancer for people with hepatitis B infection, a new study suggests. Hepatitis B virus attacks the liver and can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. Previous research suggests daily low-dose aspirin therapy may prevent cancer, but there is little clinical evidence on whether regular aspirin use can prevent liver cancer in people ...

Stopping Aspirin Tied to Quick Rise in Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – People who stop following their doctor's advice to take a daily aspirin may see their risk of heart attack and stroke quickly rise, a new study suggests. Low-dose aspirin is a standard therapy for people at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. But many eventually stop taking it, or at least consider quitting, said Dr. Johan Sundstrom, the lead researcher on the ...

The Fine Print on Medication Expiration Dates

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 – The expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription medications seem pretty black and white, but there's some question about whether drugs last even longer. Expiration dates typically range from 12 to 60 months after production. But manufacturers aren't required to determine how long they'll remain potent after that, enabling them to set their own expiration dates ...

Aspirin Safe for Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – Some research has raised concerns about the safety of aspirin for heart failure patients. But a new study appears to offer some reassurance. The study, of over 2,300 patients, found that those on daily aspirin were not at heightened risk of being hospitalized for, or dying from, heart failure. That has been a concern because, in theory, aspirin could interfere with the ...

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