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Read this before you take another aspirin if you suffer from heart disease

by , 06 August 2013

The last thing your heart needs to help it keep beating is a daily dose of aspirin. But if you've already on ‘aspirin therapy', don't stop, at least not right away. A new study has found that quitting could bring on a heart attack…

Many doctors recommend a low daily dose of aspirin (known as aspirin therapy) for heart patients who’ve survived a heart attack. The reason behind this is aspirin thins the blood and helps prevent blood clots from forming and, as a result, prevents a second heart attack.

While aspirin therapy is widely used, a recent study has found this treatment actually puts you at a high risk of suffering another heart attack, especially if you quit.

Warning: Heart risk for aspirin quitters...

In the study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers tracked 39,513 patients between 50 and 84 years of age who had suffered a heart attack and were taking daily aspirin to prevent a second one.

Researchers found those who stopped their aspirin therapy were 60% more likely to suffer a heart attack over three years than those who kept taking their pills. The study found four extra heart attacks per 1,000 aspirin quitters.

While researchers say the attacks were non-fatal, who knows what kind of hidden damage they did inside the heart, or if those second attacks set the stage for a third and possibly fatal event down the road.

Although researchers concluded the benefits still outweigh the risks, you’re better off not taking that risk. Especially when there are much safer ways to protect your heart…

The healthier alternative to aspirin

According to Nutrition&Healing, omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil don’t only keep your heart beating, they can also pull off a few tricks that aspirin can’t touch.

For starters, fish oil can lower your triglycerides, boost good cholesterol and reduce overall inflammation. It’s also great for helping you to avoid that first heart attack.

Aspirin, on the other hand, is actually worse. Studies reveal almost no benefit to aspirin therapy for patients who’ve never suffered a heart attack.

In one study, 3,350 men and women with a high risk of heart disease were given either aspirin or a placebo. Over eight years, there was no difference in heart attack or stroke risk, says Nutrition&Healing.

But there’s one area where aspirin manages to distinguish itself – it’s risky…

Regular aspirin use for any reason, especially a daily dose for ‘therapy’ can lead to serious and potentially deadly internal bleeding problems.

Some studies have found that aspirin can increase your risk of haemorrhagic stroke. Other studies show that aspirin therapy causes tiny ‘microbleeds’ in the brains of older people.

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