Aspirin would NOT be an approved medication if it had been invented today.
But, sadly, it remains an easy to find, affordable over-the-counter (OTC) drug. And far too many people take it as a preventative when it could actually lead to more RISK than reward.
In fact, a new study shows it may not even offer significant protection against stroke—but could heighten risk of a particularly troubling side effect…
Do you still pop a daily baby aspirin for “heart health”?
Well, new guidelines are (finally) moving away from this recommendation, after findings suggest that little pill could lead to some dangerous side effects.
Like bruises that arise spontaneously… and internal bleeding—even in the brain.
This report was based on data from a randomized control trial of 19,000 people from Australia and America. Participants were 70 or older without heart disease. And data was collected for nearly five years.
Ultimately, researchers concluded that aspirin lowered risk of ischemic stroke… but not significantly. (This occurs when a clot forms in a blood vessel that sends blood to the brain.)
Meanwhile—and most importantly—they found a 38 percent higher risk of brain bleeds among those taking a daily aspirin, compared against placebo.
These findings support updated recommendations of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, which state that low-dose aspirin should no longer be prescribed for heart attack or stroke prevention in older adults without a history of heart trouble.
A better way to protect your heart
Let me repeat this, and please, pay attention…
This is NOT the first time research has advised healthy older adults to stay away from that daily low-dose aspirin.
If you have multiple risk factors for stroke and heart attack—like high blood pressure and obesity—the evidence is a little less clear. And some experts still agree a baby aspirin is still beneficial for those who have already suffered a heart attack or stroke.
The bottom line? Aspirin is not a benign drug! I mean, the latest studies reveal that aspirin has limited protective power among heart-healthy adults… and potentially dangerous side effects.
(And to think, right after I finished training, the medical establishment called it a wonder drug. Some even toyed with the idea of putting it in the water supply for mass protection against heart attack and stroke… wow, could you imagine!?)
Do you really want to know how to protect yourself against heart attack and stroke?
There’s no magic pill…
But there is magic in regular exercise, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and smart supplementation.
My tried-and-true heart-supportive supplements include:
- CoQ10—400 mg daily
- Glutamine—5,000 mg daily
- Vitamin E —800 mg daily
- Vitamin D—250 mcg (10,000 IU) daily
- Fish oil—3,000 mg daily
- Magnesium orotate—32 mg daily, or magnesium taurate—125 mg daily
- Potassium—learn more about dosing in the February 2023 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“ ‘UNSUNG HERO’ defends against cardiovascular disease”). Not yet a subscriber? Scroll down to learn about becoming one!
“For Adults With No Heart Attack or Stroke History, Evidence Says Not to Start Baby Aspirin.” The New York Times, 07/26/23. (nytimes.com/2023/07/26/health/aspirin-bleeding-stroke-heart-attack.html)