Aspirin safe for heart patients: Study

Tuesday 08 August 2017 2 months ago 99   New York   Print

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Report  Web Desk : Florida: Some research has raised concerns about the safety of aspirin for heart failure patients. But a new study appears to offer some reassurance. That has been a concern because, in theory, aspirin could interfere with the benefits of certain heart failure drugs, explained Dr. Shunichi Homma, the senior researcher on the study. But the new study, which compared aspirin to warfarin, a blood thinner, was larger and longer-term — following patients in 168 centers in 11 countries over 10 years. It’s a chronic condition in which the heart muscle can no longer pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body’s needs. That causes symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness and swelling in the limbs. Often, heart failure is caused by damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack or coronary artery disease, O’Connor said. For the new study, the team analyzed data from a clinical trial in which heart failure patients were randomly assigned to take either aspirin or warfarin, which is used to prevent blood clots. Of course, aspirin is not without risks. It can cause bleeding in the digestive tract, or even contribute to a hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke. So patients should never take aspirin on their own, without a doctor’s guidance, Homma said.02