While doctors recommended a low daily dose of aspirin to their patients with a first heart attack or stroke, this advice is no longer valid today.
A panel of American experts has just put forward that the regular aspirin intake to reduce the risk of a first heart attack or stroke should no longer be advised for people aged 60 and over, ditto for those 40 to 59, who can talk to their doctor and take a decision on a ‘case by case’ basis.
Studies called into question
Aspirin thinner of the blood, prevents the formation of clots and allows to reduce the risk of infarction or stroke but the latest studies estimate that this benefit is not sufficient to counterbalance the increased risk of hemorrhage, in the brain. or the intestines.
Task Force member Dr John Wong adds: “Using aspirin daily may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in some, but it can also cause serious side effects, such as internal bleeding. The use of aspirin can cause serious harm and the risk increases with age. It is important for people between the ages of 40 and 59 who have no history of heart disease to have a conversation with their doctor to decide together if starting aspirin is right for them.“.
In France and since January 2020, paracetamol-based drugs and certain anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen and aspirin) are no longer available in self-service in pharmacies, but placed behind the counter even if they remain available without a prescription. The aim was to avoid overdoses and to increase vigilance.