MORE EVIDENCE ON THE SLOW, CERTAIN DEATH OF ASPIRIN FOR HEART DISEASE. Dogma rules in medicine. We do what we have always done. Many times we’ve been doing this for so long that we THINK there is evidence to support what we do, but when we take a deeper look, the evidence is not there. Take HRT. Aspirin to prevent… heart attacks has come under fire over the past year and the house of cards continues to fall.
In this review, there was no evidence in patients with low risk of CVD that aspirin did anything (no change in heart attacks, strokes, fatal heart attack, fatal stroke, overall death, chest pain) other than increase the risk of ending up in the hospital with a major bleed (71% increase). I still cannot understand society’s reliance on chemical compounds that have small (or, in this case, non-existant) effects on chronic disease when lifestyle has a massive impact on risk of chronic disease. “Here is some aspirin that may lower your risk of heart disease by 5% if it doesn’t kill you first. Don’t worry about exercise and eating better–that’ll only lower your risk by 90% and it’s MUCH more involved…”