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Taking low-dose aspirin could increase the risk of bleeding in the skull, especially among those with no history of heart issues, a new report finds.
Low-dose aspirin has been recommended in the past for older adults as a method to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke by preventing blood clots.
Studies - Benefit - Risk - Bleeding
But several recent studies have found this positive benefit is negated by the increased risk of internal bleeding.
Now, a new review finds that taking low-dose aspirin regularly raises the risk of a type of skull bleeding, known as an intracranial hemorrhage.
Risk - Adults - Body - Mass - Index
Among those who had the greatest risk were adults with a body mass index under 25.
The team, led by Chang Gung University College of Medicine in Taiwan, says the findings show the medication should only be taken by adults who have the highest cardiovascular disease risk such as those who've undergone bypass surgery.
Aspirin - Blood - Clots - Heart - Attacks
A daily low-dose aspirin has been recommended to prevent blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
An adult low-dose aspirin is defined as such if it's between 75 and 100 milligrams. One pill of low-dose Bayer, for example, is 81 milligrams.
Review - JAMA - Neurology - Team - Studies
For the review, published in JAMA Neurology, the team looked at 13 previous studies on the subject.
More than 130,000 people between ages 42 and 74 - none of whom had a history of stroke or heart disease - were given either a low-dose aspirin or a placebo.
Placebo - Percent - Risk - Bleeding
Those who were on the placebo had a 0.46 percent risk of bleeding, but...
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