Taking a daily aspirin can lead to brain bleeding according to a recent study by cardiologists at the University of Texas Cardiology Center.
Indeed, if you don’t suffer from heart disease, then there’s little to no benefit to popping a daily low-dose aspirin. In fact, the opposite may happen — this practice may dramatically raise your odds of suffering a life-threatening brain bleed.
The review examined 13 studies with more than 130,000 patients. The cardiology team found that the risk of brain bleeding, ( intracranial hemorrhage ) was 37 percent higher in those who took a daily aspirin, compared with those who took nothing or a placebo.
Daily Aspirin: Could Be Risky
Overall, it must be noted, the incidence of brain bleeds noted in this study was rare — only two additional cases for every 1,000 people. But, brain bleeds themselves can be life-threatening and can permanently affect your ability to talk, think and move freely, says Amit Khera, M.D., director of the study. What’s more, this latest finding adds to a growing amount of evidence against using aspirin as primary prevention for heart disease.
Last March, for instance, the American College of Cardiology published new guidelines recommending against routinely giving aspirin to older adults who don’t have a history of heart disease. Indeed, doctors do recommend a daily aspirin for seniors as a way to ward off cardiac complications.
Obviously, recent research now suggests that physicians may now take a closer consideration at recommending the aspirin. According to Dr. Khera, a coauthor of the guidelines, the thinking on this has dramatically changed just in the last year.