The Daily Telegraph newspaper, published in the United Kingdom, carried a study to its first page showing that taking an aspirin every day causes more than 3 thousand people to die every year.
According to the newspaper, 40 percent of the old people in England are using an aspirin every day in order to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, people who receive an aspirin every day are more likely to face deadly bleedings. It has been known for a long time that the drugs carry a risk of gastro-intestinal bleeding.
However, the recent study, published in The Lancet, states that the danger increases far more sharply with age than was thought. According to the research made by the scientists at the Oxford University, this probability is up to 10 times in people over 75 years old. The study involved 3,166 patients who had had a stroke or heart attack before, most of whom used aspirin.
For patients younger than 65, the annual rate of disabling or fatal bleeding was less than 0.5 percent, while it rose to 1.5 per cent in those aged 75 to 84 and rose to nearly 2.5 percent for patients aged over than 85. Over the decade, those over 75 had six times risk of fatal bleedings, compared with younger patients. The proportion of survivors experiencing a new or worse disability increased from three percent for those under 75 to 25 percent among older patients.
According to the study, the people having no history of heart attack or stroke should avoid taking aspirin as they got older.
Many doctors accept the benefits of aspirin, which seems protective against both heart disease and cancer. Doctors advise people who have had heart attacks or strokes to continue using aspirin, but they also say they should take other medications which reduce the probability of bleeding. Doctors recommend that people who start or stop using aspirin should consult a doctor first.