Aspirin has received a lot of attention lately because new studies are shedding light on its efficacy when it comes to preventing heart attacks. Conventional wisdom has long said that aspirin can help to prevent a heart attack, but this is turning out to be only partially true. While aspirin has been shown to help prevent future heart attacks in those that have already suffered from one in the past, it’s helpfulness when it comes to preventing a first heart attack is still debatable.
In fact, many health organizations are now stating that aspirin should not be used to prevent a first heart attack. Canadian officials are the latest to point to the dangers of taking aspirin regularly to prevent a first heart attack. A new study from the University of Alberta indicates that regular aspirin usage increases the risk of internal bleeding by three times, and the risks of using it on a daily basis outweigh the benefits that it creates in those that have never had a heart attack.
According to doctors, this bleeding is not minor. It can result in severe health concerns and can be detrimental to someone’s wellbeing. If left unchecked, the health concerns raised could even result in premature death.
What does this mean for you and your family? First, it means you should speak with a doctor if you haven’t already. Aspirin is not a bad medication, nor should it be avoided altogether. It just means that it should be used when recommended by a doctor and under a doctor’s guidance. The intention behind using it may be well and good, but like many other drugs, it can easily be misused and do more hard than good. Consulting with a doctor should be your first step before using any sort of medication.
Next, be aware of any other health needs that an older loved one might have. Sometimes, it can be really easy to not pay attention to these things, especially if you spend a lot of time with someone. A slow physical or mental decline can be really hard to spot. Looking at your loved one’s health with honesty can be tough, but it’s important if you want to ensure that your mom or dad is getting the help that they need.
There is help out there if this is something that you’re struggling to figure out. Professional caregivers, like the ones here at Paradise In-Home Care, can help you to evaluate your parent’s needs and point you toward the type of assistance that will be the most helpful for you. There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to senior care and there may be things that you have not previously considered.
That’s where we step in. During a free consultation, we can help you to think more completely about care and ensure that your loved one is getting the assistance that they need to stay safe and healthy for as long as possible. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about what we do and how we can make your life easier.