For the longest time, the general wisdom regarding aspirin was that it was in the best interest of seniors to take this medication on a daily basis in order to maintain heart health. A couple years ago, this wisdom was challenged and many researchers began to state that the risk of taking aspirin on a regular basis carried more risk than benefit for some people. This new way of thinking has turned out to have scientific backing behind it. Today, researchers have a far greater understanding of aspirin and a more clear concept of how and when it should be used.
There is a clear benefit for some people when it comes to the daily use of aspirin. In high risk individuals, some studies have indicated that aspirin can help reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. However, other bits of research say that there is a risk that comes with aspirin and usage should be limited, especially for those under the age of 70. Prescribing long term use of aspirin of younger people seems to be a bit more dangerous than once thought.
In those that are not high risk patients, the benefits of aspirin are not present. This has led doctors to revise how the drug is approached. But this doesn’t mean that it’s not helpful for some people. It just needs to be looked at on an individual basis. There’s no universal approach to using aspirin to help improve heart health because no two people are the same.
Additionally, it should be noted that the risk of complications from heart disease tends to increase as we age. If there’s a history of heart health concerns, working with a doctor trained in geriatric care is the best way to proceed forward. Aspiring might be right for some and not others. This study seems to indicate that this particular medication’s use should be assessed on a case by case basis.
Everyone has different medical needs. What works for one won’t necessarily work for another. What is best for me isn’t always going to be best for you. That’s common knowledge when it comes to medicine, but it also applies to many other areas of life. Senior care is no different. The things that will work best for one family aren’t necessarily going to be what’s best for everyone else.
Do you know what your loved one’s needs when it comes to care? Hopefully, you’re already working with a great team that has your family’s best interests at heart. But if you’re uncertain, or you would just like another set of eyes to look things over, get in touch. A quick phone call can get a free consultation scheduled with one of our care professionals. We’d love to talk more about care, what Paradise In-Home Care does, and how it might apply to your situation. And if in-home care isn’t quite right for your loved one, we can help you figure out what the best solution is.
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