An Aspirin A Day Can Make Your Heart Worse, Not Better, Seniors

An aspirin a day can make your heart worse, not better, senior citizens. Yes, you read it correctly, it’s not a typo. Contrary to the advice seniors have been given, daily aspirin can make your heart worse, not better.


Seniors, if your doctor finds you have a healthy heart, this study shows there is no reason to take an aspirin a day.


Prescribing aspirin to healthy people to prevent the onset of heart disease is controversial, although it is done.

However, there is substantial evidence to support the daily use of aspirin for those seniors who have suffered a heart attack or stroke.

But that evidence has caused much debate over whether the drug can therefore be used to prevent heart disease in healthy heart individuals.





Aspirin:  Heart Study Results


The clinical trial was run between 2010 to 2014. It included 19,000 individuals 74 years and older from both the United States and Australia.


It was funded, in part, by the National Institute of Aging (NIA) The senior population was older, compared to previous studies, with participants age 74 and older.


Results showed that a low daily dose of aspirin only marginally decreased the patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease, but it significantly increased hemorrhage risk. Additionally, higher death rates were reported in the aged group taking daily aspirin.


Statistically, the rate of cardiovascular disease was 10.7 events per 1,000 person-years in the aspirin group. And 11.3 events per 1,000 person-years in the placebo group. At the same time, the rate of hemorrhage was 8.6 events per 1,000 person-years in the aspirin group and 6.2 events in the control group.

The researchers conclude that a healthy person 74 and older who doesn’t show cause to be on daily aspirin, should not take it. The risks outweigh the benefits, as bleeding and mortality risk increases.

Aspirin: Recommendations For Senior Citizens

In 2016 the U.S. Task Force limited the use of daily aspirin to cover seniors who have at least a 10% risk. The age group was 50-59.

The task force recommended decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis for seniors aged 60-69.


Researchers conclude that these findings are important considering the size of the retirement population.


The number of elderly people is increasing rapidly and it’s important to keep them active and healthy. A good quality of life is important for them, their families, and the nation.


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