Experts warn against taking a daily aspirin

Thousands of Britons across the country take an aspirin a day thanks to evidence that suggests a daily pill can help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Experts warn against daily aspirin

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But according to health experts have now claimed that taking aspirin on a daily basis could actually do more harm than good.

Reviewing previous studies and evidence supporting the theory that taking aspirin each day could reduce a high-risk patient's chances of heart attack or stroke by 10 per cent, and slash the risk of heart disease by 15 per cent, experts at Warwick University also found that the pill comes with risks.

In a paper published by the National Institute for Health Research, the researchers said daily use of aspirin was also linked to a worrying 37 per cent increase in gastrointestinal bleeding, with a 32 to 38 per cent rise in the risk of haemorrhagic stroke.

That figure, they say, equates to 68 to 117 more deaths per 100,000 patients for the former, and eight to ten more deaths per 100,000 for the latter.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Aileen Clarke, Professor of Public Health Research at Warwick University, said: "These is an incredibly fine balance between the possible benefits and the risks of the intervention.

"We need to be extremely careful about over-promoting aspirin intervention without having first fully understood these negative side effects."

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