“Daily dose of aspirin ‘not worth risk’ as study warns of bleeding side-effects,” reports The Daily Telegraph.
Aspirin slows the ability of the blood to form clots, which means it can reduce the chances of dangerous blood clots causing heart attacks and strokes. However, the same action means it increases the risk of serious bleeding, such as bleeding of blood vessels in the brain or gut. And in some cases this type of bleeding can be as life-threatening as a heart attack or stroke.
The balance of risks and harms associated with aspirin use has been debated for years. For people who have had a heart attack or stroke, the benefit of daily low-dose aspirin to prevent another one outweighs the bleeding risk.