Sep 28, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing
Doctors often suggest a daily aspirin for older adults to help prevent certain health conditions, such as stroke. Recently, though, new studies have called into question the effectiveness of aspirin therapy for preventing stroke in people who are already at a greater risk for having a stroke. The studies indicate that people who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or who are smokers probably don’t get any stroke prevention benefits from taking aspirin. The somewhat conflicting information available about aspirin therapy may have you wondering what it’s used for and whether your aging relative should be taking aspirin.
What is Aspirin Therapy Used For?
Aspirin therapy is generally used to reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Because aspirin acts as a blood thinner, it prevents blood clots from forming. Blood clots can block arteries that feed the heart or the brain, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Some conditions under which a doctor may suggest aspirin therapy are:
Are There Risks to Aspirin Therapy?
While aspirin is an inexpensive way to help manage heart attack and stroke risks, it should not be started without the advice of a doctor. Aspirin therapy can have some serious side effects, such as:
In addition to the possibility of side effects, it is also important to talk to a doctor before taking daily aspirin because the dosage may vary depending on several factors. Also, stopping aspirin therapy without the help of a doctor can be dangerous since it can actually increase the risk for heart attack.
If your aging relative has been advised to take an aspirin each day, an elder care provider can remind them to take it. They can also make sure the senior doesn’t take more than the recommended amount. Elder care providers can also report any signs of side effects or interactions to a family caregiver. And, if the older adult needs to see the doctor to adjust the dosage, an elder care provider can drive them to the doctor.
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