Aspirin Therapy Helps Elderly Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke

A daily low-dose of aspirin is said to be helpful in preventing stroke or heart attack to elderly people who are in their 50s or 60s. It is also being said the dose to offer some protection too to our senior citizens against colon cancer.

The US Preventive Services Task Force have come up with a draft guidelines of aspirin therapy and suggests to doctors to decide it on a case-by-case basis only for those people who are in their 60s.

The draft was issued on Monday with strict list of criteria. It says the therapy can be applied if the person has the potential of heart attack or stroke by at least 10 percent over next 10 years time frame. Also, the person should have life expectancy of at least a decade.

More to all these the candidate should also be willing to take aspirin daily and he or she should not have any other health condition that cause bleeding.

Usually longer use of aspirin leads to serious bleeding in the brain or gastrointestinal tract.

In several earlier studies too the aspirin therapy was recommended for heart attack survivors, but only as a primary prevention. Newer studies suggest prolong use of aspirin reduces the risk of colon cancer.

As of now there is not enough evidence of aspirin taken by people under 50s or above 60s.