It’s nearly automatic. Your doctor will put you on daily aspirin when you have a heart condition like atrial fibrillation or a history of blood clots.
Heck, you barely get a say in the matter. And odds are, your doc will gloss right over the very real risks – including potentially DEADLY bleeding problems – if he mentions them at all.
Now, new research reveals something else most doctors won’t mention. Well, to be clear, they can’t, because most don’t know it.
But if you have atrial fibrillation and are currently taking aspirin, you absolutely must keep reading. Because I have some information that could change, or possibly even SAVE, your life.
It turns out you may NOT need that risky aspirin therapy after all.
The TRUTH about aspirin and A-fib
Folks with A-fib or blood clots are almost always put on blood thinners. Aspirin is, of course, also a blood thinner.
In other words, you’re doubling up and making your blood more diluted than the bottom-shelf vodka at closing time.
Maybe docs think this combination therapy will increase the odds of success. But the new study makes it clear this double treatment is overkill, with the emphasis on the KILL.
The research reveals that taking both blood thinners and aspirin won’t deliver better outcomes than just taking a blood thinner alone. But it WILL increase the odds of some other unwelcome stuff.
First, you’ll be 25 percent more likely to suffer a major bleeding event.
And remember, not all of these bleeding incidents are “gusher” events that’ll scare the pants off of you and have you calling for an ambulance. Aspirin is notorious for causing internal bleeds, too.
So you may not know something’s wrong until you’re in terrible shape.
And second, the combo therapy is linked to a frightening 40 percent increased risk of hospitalization for a condition related to your clots or your atrial fibrillation.
Ditch the double whammy with your doc’s help
But believe it or not, these numbers are on the LOW end of what I’ve seen in other research before. One study found the combo treatment can increase the odds of hospitalization by 50 percent. While another found it can increase the odds of major bleeding by 67 percent.
And again, this is with NO improvement in outcomes. Which means you’re facing those potentially deadly risks for no rewards.
The establishment’s answer is to encourage you to talk to your doctor about ditching the aspirin and sticking with just the blood thinners. And, in this case, I actually agree.
It’s FAR better to get the thumbs up to stop the aspirin than doing nothing at all. And the sooner you make the change and reduce your risk, the better.
But in some cases, the change might be just a good first step. Because, depending on your situation, there might be another option that’s worth exploring.
A study a few years ago found that MILLIONS of folks with atrial fibrillation could be on meds unnecessarily. Because it turns out those with a low risk of stroke may not need the drugs at all.
Ask your doc about your CHADS2 score. It’s a risk formula designed to assess your odds of a stroke. If your score is low enough, you can talk with him about whether or not quitting the blood-thinning meds might be the right move for you.