Not yet, but probably, is the answer coming out of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Just a few days ago, a report revealed that a lot of people are taking aspirin that really don’t need to be. About a year ago, the American Heart Association changed its guidelines regarding daily aspirin use, but millions of people still continue the practice, even though it’s of little or no help to them.
Conventional wisdom stated that taking a single aspirin each day was a good way to help promote heart health as people aged. This was widely touted for many years, but this new bit of research seems to indicate that this just isn’t true. There are about 30 million Americans that take aspirin on a daily basis that are age 40 or older, and about 6 million of them do it without their doctor’s knowledge, according to this new study. That leaves a lot of opportunity for something to go wrong.
Yes, there are people who will benefit from taking aspirin regularly. Other studies have pointed to the fact that those who have had a stroke in the past can reduce the risk of a second stroke by using aspirin. But, like any medication, you should consult with a doctor before using it. Aspirin can be helpful for those that already suffer from cardiovascular disease, but for those that don’t, aspirin actually has the potential to increase the risk of bleeding.
If you’re already taking aspirin on a daily basis, don’t just stop taking it because of a news report. Instead, speak to a doctor before you do anything. There are benefits to taking this, but they are not as widespread as once thought. Still, your doctor might recommend that you continue taking it, so be sure to consult with them before you make any changes to your medications. Each person is unique, and what works for one person is going to be different from what works for another.
That’s true of a lot of things in life, including the best type of care. What’s best for one is not necessarily going to be best for another. That’s why it’s so important that you approach the care of a loved one (or yourself) with a unique perspective. One type of care will not meet everyone’s needs. So rather than looking at care first, look at the individual first. What are the needs that are present? Start there, and then find the type of care that will best satisfy those needs. Look at individuals wants and wishes, too. Technology and advanced knowledge have helped to create dozens of unique ways to approach care, and if you look at the person first, you’re bound to find the type of care that helps them the most.
As always, feel free to give us a call if we can help you here. One of our trained caregivers would be happy to schedule a free consultation and go over how Paradise In-Home Care approaches senior care and how we can help you to customize your care to best fit your unique needs.