DOCTORS have warned that people over 60 are taking aspirin daily.
It has traditionally been taken every day to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
But a group of top medical professionals in the US changed their advice for older people this week.
They warned it could increase the risk of internal bleeding.
The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) also said 40 to 59 year olds should only take aspirin daily if they have a genetic risk of heart disease.
People over 75 should not take it as there is little benefit in older age.
dr Michael Barry, USPTF vice chairman and professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, said abc news: “Based on current evidence, the task force advises against starting aspirin in people aged 60 and older to prevent a first heart attack or stroke.
“As the likelihood of internal bleeding increases with age, the potential harms of taking aspirin outweigh the benefits in this age group.”
The new guidelines apply only to patients starting a course of aspirin.
Anyone already doing it should continue and not stop unless they have spoken to their doctor.
A 2019 British study found it can increase the risk of fatal bleeding by nearly 50 percent.
Researchers at King’s College London found that taking it as a preventative treatment helped reduce fatal heart events by 11 percent.
But it increased the risk of major bleeding by 43 percent, meaning 1 in 200 people treated with aspirin experienced major bleeding.
The painkiller 2p a day is believed to make the blood less sticky.
The lead researcher, Dr. Sean Zheng said, “There is insufficient evidence to recommend routine aspirin use to prevent heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death in people without cardiovascular disease.
“This study shows that while cardiovascular events can be reduced in these patients, these benefits are offset by an increased risk of major bleeding events.
“The use of aspirin requires discussion between the patient and their doctor, with the knowledge that any small potential cardiovascular benefits are weighed against the actual risk of major bleeding.”
Doctors recommend that some people take a low dose of aspirin every day to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The pain reliever is also said to reduce the risk of breast, colon, prostate and stomach cancer.
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