Daily dose of aspirin only for those at high risk of heart attack

6 August 2014        

Patient with pills in hand

New research, conducted by Queen Mary University of London, has confirmed that taking aspirin may not be the right way to prevent a heart attack, except in those at high risk, but it might be the right way to ward off cancer.

The study showed that taking aspirin for 10 years could cut your risk of developing and dying from some gastrointestinal cancers including bowel and stomach cancer.

Julie Ward, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “This study confirms that only people who have had a heart attack or are at high risk of having one, benefit from taking aspirin to prevent future cardiac events. This is in line with current prescribing guidelines.

“However, the study also showed that taking aspirin for ten years or more will reduce the risk of some cancers.

“But serious bleeding is a possible side effect of taking aspirin, particularly for the elderly. Therefore no-one should take aspirin regularly without discussing their personal risks and potential benefits with their doctor.”