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Posted on 09-29-2011

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For decades, the medical industry has tried to convinced healthy people to take an aspirin a day to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the use of low-dose aspirin raises the risk for GI bleeding, with the risk being increased further with accompanying use of cardiovascular disease-preventing therapies, such as clopidogrel and anticoagulants.

Yet, the risks weren't enough to convince the researchers to change the recommendation altogether. "The use of aspirin has been proven beneficial in reducing cardiac events and deaths in patients who have cardiovascular disease, and has even been shown to reduce cancer risk," said Angel Lanas, MD, PhD, of University Hospital Lozano Blesa and lead author of this study. "However, clinicians need to be more proactive in their efforts to reduce potential risk factors associated with all doses of aspirin, especially gastrointestinal bleeding. New low-dose aspirin studies should report more precisely on the incidence of bleedings, especially gastrointestinal bleedings, to better determine the balance between risks and benefits."

Low-dose aspirin - commonly defined as 75 to 325 mg daily - is a mainstay of therapy for cardiovascular disease. It's likely now to also be used for cancer prevention, especially GI and colon cancer.

A major factor limiting widespread aspirin use is concern about the development of GI adverse events, especially GI bleeding. Damage may vary, however, depending on the dose taken, other medication being consumed along with aspirin and patients' risk profiles. For example, certain patients have an increased likelihood of experiencing bleeding: those with long-term pharmacotherapy use, patients using combinations of low-dose aspirin with clopidogrel and anticoagulants, and patients with previous GI ulcers or bleedings.

In this study, doctors searched 10 electronic databases and collected data on adverse events in studies that evaluated low doses of aspirin alone or in combination with anticoagulants, clopidogrel or PPIs. They found that low doses of aspirin alone decreased the risk of death. But, the risk of major GI bleeding increased with low doses of aspirin alone compared with placebo. The risk also increased when aspirin was combined with clopidogrel (compared with aspirin alone), anticoagulants versus low doses of aspirin alone, or in studies that included patients with a history of GI bleeding or of longer duration.

This creates quite a problem for those of you at risk for stroke, heart attack, or other cardiovascular disease.  We are not finding out what Chiropractors have been saying for years.....PREVENTION is where it's at!  If you don't take care of your body throughout life, degenerative diseases will consume you and you will then lose your INDEPENDENCE in health and start RELYING on medication/and or surgery.  I have several seniors that come into our office who are on 30+ medications!  What do you really think their quality of life is compared to what YOU expect for yourself.  Some of these patients are nurses!  Point is, you are no better than they are.  They have followed the traditional way of thinking of just "eat good" whatever that means and "try to exercise 3x/week."  This is just unacceptable and will not lead to health.

Folks, if you are really serious about getting healthy and changing courses now, please call my office and set up an appointment. We'll discuss where you are at and the 2 of us together will formulate a plan for long term, pain free, highly functional success for your future.  As we say at WellnessOne, "It's your future, be there HEALTHY with WellnessOne!"

Many Blessings to you and yours

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