Millions of Americans are still taking a daily aspirin for heart health. And they never even think twice about it, either.
After all, they’ve been taking it for years… maybe even decades… at this point.
But it turns out this common med is hiding a dark secret. Because instead of protecting your heart as promised, aspirin could end up triggering a cardiovascular nightmare.
New research has revealed the drug may be linked to heart failure.
It’s a condition so severe there’s often no coming back from it. In fact, about half of the folks who develop heart failure are dead within five years.
With those kinds of odds, if you’re still taking a daily aspirin, it’s time to talk to your doc about a safe way to wean yourself off of it.
And the good news is there are safer and more effective ways to protect your heart health without having to dodge this terrifying side effect.
The ugly truth about aspirin therapy
If you have even a single risk factor for heart failure, taking a daily aspirin can send your risk through the roof. And when you reach a certain age, chances are you DO have at least one.
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- cardiovascular disease
- being a smoker
If one or more of these describes you, the aspirin you’ve been relying on for protection could instead be catapulting you right into the center of the danger zone.
Because the new study finds aspirin can raise your odds of heart failure by up to 26 percent.
Of course, anyone with cardiovascular disease is already at risk for heart failure. That’s true whether they’re taking aspirin or not. So the team behind the study wanted to make sure that factor wasn’t skewing their results.
They crunched the numbers again, this time EXCLUDING everyone with cardiovascular disease to be sure the pattern they were seeing was real.
It turns out even in folks who didn’t have any form of heart disease taking a daily aspirin raised their risk of heart failure by virtually the same amount, at 27 percent.
Try a better option for heart protection
Not too long ago, there was a time when conventional medicine insisted everyone past middle age should be on daily aspirin therapy. Thankfully that old advice has been dropped.
But unfortunately, after decades of it being preached like gospel, many folks haven’t gotten the message. So despite the dangers, including the risk of severe and even deadly gastrointestinal and brain bleeding, they still pop a daily aspirin.
The risk is so significant that studies show you’re far more likely to suffer a devastating aspirin side effect than to get any benefit for what’s known as primary prevention. In other words, you’re more likely to battle those side effects than to prevent a first heart attack.
Now, to be clear, you should NEVER stop taking aspirin on your own. You should first have a chat with your doctor about it. Quitting aspirin abruptly can put you at risk too.
Your doctor can help you safely wean off the drug. And then there are safer ways to get some of the protection aspirin was supposed to deliver without the dangers.
For example, fish oil. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil gently thin the blood without raising your bleeding risk. If you eat little to no fish or seafood, the oil can be especially effective.
In fact, if you’re already a heart failure patient, fish oil could be a lifesaver. I explained how it works in my earlier report here.
Other great options to consider include CoQ10, garlic extract, and L-carnitine.