Study links daily use of aspirin to higher risk of bleeding in elderly

Study links daily use of aspirin to higher risk of bleeding in elderly

Long-term daily use of aspirin is dangerous for elderly patients as it increases the risk of disabling or fatal bleeding, according to a new research.

Researches observed the cases of more than 3,000 patients and found that people over the age of 75 who take aspirin daily face a notably higher risk of disabling and possibly fatal bleeding

According to the study, long-term regular use of the drug is more dangerous for the elderly than formerly thought. An estimated 40 to 60 per cent of people aged 75 and older in the United States and Europe antiplatelet drugs, including aspirin, on daily basis to prevent deadly conditions like strokes and heart attacks.

Dr. Peter Rothwell, a professor at University of Oxford, said, “We have known for some time that aspirin increases the risk of bleeding for elderly patients. But our new study gives us a much clearer understanding of the size of the increased risk and of the severity and consequences of bleeds.”

The study showed that the risk of disabling or fatal bleeding increases with age. Among the observed patients under the age of 65 years, the annual rate of serious or fatal bleeding was less than 0.5 per cent, but it jumped to 1.5 per cent for patients aged 75-84 years.

The alarming findings of the new study appeared in the latest edition of the Lancet journal.