Aspirin A Can-Do-More Hero?


While a Westerners hearsay “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” has been renowned; some people currently believe in “Aspirin”, an over-the-counter pain reliever, as it is coming to replace the apple as a new hero who can do more!



Over a hundred years, aspirin was known as a pain reliever and fever reducer medication. At present, it comes in various sizes, such as low-dose aspirin, a.k.a. Baby Aspirin (81 milligrams), or the size of 325 milligrams, etc. Medical researches in the past show that besides the usage of the Baby Aspirin to reduce fever, it is useful in the prevention of Coronary Artery Clots or/and prevention of paralysis in those who are at high risk. This, therefore, causes a large number of doctors to continually recommending patients to take aspirin to prevent these mentioned diseases and became a medical advice widespread shared years later.

Recently, discovered results about baby aspirin by many medical researches since 2018, causing the medical field to realize new facts about its qualities again. It appears that the hero medicine might not be suitable for everyone because there might be unnecessary risks to the patients.

According to The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of the American Medical Association, many teams of researchers reveals the same conclusions about the use of Baby Aspirin. All states that the use of Baby Aspirin in people who have not had heart disease and cerebrovascular is not likely worth the disadvantage that might occur, as well as it might cause bleeding in the skull. The study of more than 130,000 participants found that the use of Baby Aspirin in people who have not had cardiovascular disease relates to a 37% increase in intracranial hemorrhage, meaning that for every 1,000 patients receiving Baby Aspirin, there were 2 cases of intracranial bleeding! Asians might be shocked by the fact that this risk will increase in Asians as well as in those who are underweight (May 2019 Issue of JAMA).

By reading up to here, patients with heart and vascular disease, do not need to be worried, especially in cases diagnosed by your doctor that you are at high risk of stroke or heart attack and limb peripheral vascular disease because Baby Aspirin is still considered a hugely useful medicine and high value. Even though it may increase the risk of bleeding, the benefits of preventing clot formation inside blood vessels are more significant. Patients must continue to take their medication as recommended by Expert Doctors.

In fact, whether ‘Baby Aspirin’ may not be the can-do-more-hero for everyone despite having beneficial properties in many ways. Patients should get a doctors’ recommendation before using any medication --no matter how effective it is, and should not buy one without suggestions from a specialist. These are for the utmost safety for ourselves

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