The FDA now says that they have concluded the data does not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems. They have called it a “primary prevention”. The risks in people are much more serious; such as, dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach.
Bayer is a pharmaceutical company that wanted to change their aspirin label to indicate it can help prevent heart attacks in healthy individuals. Aspirin has generated $1.27 billion in sales for Bayer recently. Dr. Mercola says that it appears Bayer wants everyone to be taking their drug.
FDA told them “not so fast”–evidence in support of using aspirin preventatively has gone from weak to nonexistent. Dr. Mercola has been advising against it for almost a decade–and “low-dose aspirin” (LDA) may do more harm than good.
Aspirin and Cardiac Studies
About 800,000 Americans die from cardiovascular disease annually–heart attacks and stroke are included. Dr. John g. F. Cleland, a cardiologist from the University of Hull in the UK wrote an article in the British Journal of Medicine questioned the efficacy of aspirin therapy for prevention of heart attacks. After a study was conducted when following 100,000 or more patients at risk for cardiac events, Dr. Cleland concluded that aspirin therapy was not saving lives.
This is interesting to point out: The number of non-fatal events may be reduced, but the number of sudden deaths is actually increased. Why? Because aspirin can mask a cardiac event in progress which is what most physicians don’t realize.
Aspirin Increases Risk of Bleeding
One chief adverse effect is gastrointestinal bleeding because aspirin interferes with your platelets (blood cells that clot the blood). According to one article, long-term low-dose aspirin therapy may double your risk for gastrointestinal bleeding.
One study found that Aspirin also increases the risk of bleeding in the brain, especially in older individuals. When elderly patients were taking aspirin when they suffered a head trauma–the result was a deadly brain hemorrhage.
Aspirin destroys the lining of your gastrointestinal tract. My own father developed a rare but serious form of cancer of the lining of the abdomen. You see, for years he would take aspirin for his migraine headaches and he didn’t swallow them with fluids–he sucked on the aspirin until it dissolved thinking it would relieve his headache faster. Not a good practice! The cancer he had could not be operated on and removed. The only treatment for that was Chemotherapy–it was not a very good quality of life for him. He died in May of 1989.
Aspirin may be one of the oldest killer drugs!
Resource: Dr. Mercola, “FDA Reverses Its Position on Daily Aspirin”, May 2014