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Understand the Risk of Aspirin Therapy

By Ilse du Bernard, 9:00 am on

For some people, the benefits of taking a low-dose of aspirin on a daily basis far outweigh the risks. For others, however, aspirin therapy can be quite dangerous. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of this preventative measure is vital for determining whether or not aspirin therapy is right for you or your loved one.

How Aspirin Therapy Can Help

According to North Houston elder care professionals, aspirin therapy is believed to limit the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke by keeping the blood cells from clotting together. Clusters or clumps of blood cells can prevent blood from getting delivered to the brain or the heart. When insufficient blood flows into the heart, this is what causes a heart attack. Too little blood flow to the brain is what causes a stroke.

The Risks of Aspirin Therapy 

For some people, aspirin therapy can disrupt the normal healing of blood vessels and can lead to bleeding in the brain. Aspirin therapy can also erode the protective lining in the stomach, which will in turn lead to bleeding in the stomach and small intestine among other problems. Certain lifestyle factors can be used to determine whether or not these issues are likely to occur during an aspiring therapy regimen.

Who’s at Risk of Internal Bleeding?

People who smoke cigarettes and have a history of heart problems and heart disease are at the greatest risk of internal bleeding during aspirin therapy. Those who have diabetes or who have a family history of problems like heart disease and diabetes are advised to avoid aspirin therapy as well. It is additionally important to note that long-term, daily use of aspirin can also have a negative impact on the health of the liver. Those who’ve been diagnosed with liver problems in the past should avoid using aspirin on a routine basis, whether as a preventative measure or for pain relief.

In addition to aspirin therapy, exercise and a healthy diet can help seniors reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. If your aging parent could use help making healthy lifestyle changes, don’t hesitate to reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide live-in, hourly, and respite care North Houston families trust, and our caregivers can help your loved one with everything from preparing nutritious meals to physical activity. Give us a call today at 832-412-1345 to learn more.