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Landmark Australian Study Shows Aspirin Not Effective In Preventing Cardiovascular Problems In Elderly Patients

Thursday 20/September/2018 - 09:51 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Aspirin would not be able to prevent cardiovascular diseases or any other illnesses in elderly patients، a new study has confirmed، as the Technical Times said.

In fact، regularly taking a pill a day، even low-dose، is likely to cause serious harm. A landmark study involving more than 19،000 people in the United States and Australia revealed that there is little to no benefits of taking low-dose aspirin every day to preserve good health.

The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Sept. 16.

"Despite the fact that aspirin has been around for more than 100 years، we have not known whether healthy older people should take it as a preventive measure to keep them healthy for longer،" explained Professor John McNeil، principal investigator. "Aspirin is the most widely used of all preventive drugs and an answer to this question is long overdue."

The study was dubbed ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly or ASPREE. It is said to be the largest and most comprehensive study to look into whether the people who take 100 milligrams of aspirin a day were right to believe that the medicine gives them health benefits.

From 2010 to 2014، volunteers aged 70 and older with no cardiovascular disease، persistent physical disability، or dementia were made to take either aspirin or placebo every day.

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