Researchers from the University of Florida Health have discovered that patients with coronary artery disease may not benefit from aspirin - a drug commonly used to treat minor aches and pains.
While heart disease patients have been using aspirin for decades to cut their risk of heart attack and other heart problems, the team found that the drug has little or no effect on patients who have a plaque buildup in their arteries. They hope their findings will shed new light on the treatment.
Read on for the full story on this study published in the journal Clinical Cardiology...
Coronary artery disease patients have been using aspirin for decades...
Aspirin lowers the chance of a stroke, mini stroke or heart attack by reducing the risk of blood clots. Patients with coronary artery disease and other heart problems have been using aspirin for decades for this reason.
“Aspirin therapy is widely used and embraced by cardiologists and general practitioners around the world,” said Anthony Bavry, an associate professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of medicine and a cardiologist at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville.
“This takes a bit of the lustre off the use of aspirin. The benefit of aspirin is still maintained in acute events like a heart attack or a stroke,” he added.
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Study finds that aspirin has little or no benefit for patients with coronary artery disease
To reach their findings, the researchers tracked the health histories of over 33,000 patients with narrowed, hardened arteries. They found that aspirin was marginally beneficial for those who’d had a stroke, heart attack or other blow flow issues involving their arteries in the past.
On the flip side, they found no apparent benefit for patients with no history of stroke or heart attack. Furthermore, among the 21,000 patients who’d had a previous stroke or heart attack, the research found the risk of subsequent stroke, heart attack or cardiovascular death was marginally lower among aspirin users.
For more information on the pros and cons of aspirin for coronary artery disease patients, have a chat with your doctor.