A new Danish study found that taking an aspirin every day could lower the risk of recurrent cardiac events or stroke in those who have already experienced a heart attack.
The research results were presented this week in Amsterdam at the ESC Congress 2023.
The main finding of the study is that patients who do not adhere to aspirin medication after suffering a myocardial infarction have a higher chance of a composite outcome, which includes death, stroke, or repeat myocardial infarction, than those who do adhere.
However, starting four years after a myocardial infarction and onward, Dr. Anna Meta Kristensen of Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital in Denmark observed that the preventive effect of aspirin appeared to gradually wane.
The researchers also discovered that not taking aspirin was not linked to worse outcomes in women or people over 65.
Because it inhibits blood clots, aspirin is typically advised for usage following a heart attack.
However, there is a chance of bleeding.
Aspirin May Not Be Effective for Everyone After Heart Attack
The patients who continued to take daily aspirin two years after the original heart attack were identified by the researchers, and the rate of subsequent heart attacks was compared.
Additionally, it’s possible that those who didn’t take aspirin every day were already more likely to experience negative health effects. According to Kristensen, the researchers were unable to pinpoint the precise reasons why some patients failed to take their aspirin since they used data from a nationwide registry.
Because the study concentrated on patients who had therapy with a coronary stent and did not take any other medications to prevent blood clot development, conclusions cannot be applied to all patients who have a heart attack.
For those who have underlying vascular illnesses, such as coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease, or who have experienced a stroke or heart attack, the American Heart Association advises taking low-dose aspirin daily.
Aspirin is no longer advised as a main preventive, which is a change from the previous recommendations revision.
This means that those who have associated risks for cardiovascular diseases, such as a trifecta of diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, are no longer prescribed aspirin by doctors.
Source: Fox News