Mercy's Dr. Ayesha Cheema Discusses The Role of Aspirin In Daily Health Care
Aspirin thins the blood, so it can be helpful in preventing heart attack and stroke, but it also increases the risk of serious bleeding.
A recent British study involving 164,000 people, both young and old, shows aspirin decreased the risk of heart attack and stroke by 0.38%, while at the same time, increasing the risk of major bleeding by 0.47%.
According to Dr. Ayesha Cheema of Mercy Personal Physicians at Columbia, the decision of whether or not to take a daily dose of aspirin depends on the person.
"It's an individual decision that patients need to make with their physician. It's not one size fits all. It's not like a miracle drug which can just cure heart disease or prevent you from having strokes. You have to select certain patients," Dr. Cheema said.
Those who do benefit from taking aspirin should only take a very low dose, usually 81 milligrams, Dr. Cheema noted.
View Mercy primary care physician Dr. Ayesha Cheema’s interview about aspirin.
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