ASPIRIN AND ELDERLY CONCERNS
It's important to realize that as benign as certain drugs
Dr. Alison Schecter, Co-Director of the Women's Care Program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, says, "Aspirin is a wonderful medication because one it saves lives, and that, is key in our economically challenged society, it's cheap!"
But, according to new research in the British Medical Journal, the benefits of routinely giving low dose aspirin to prevent heart disease in healthy people 70 and older for the prevention of heart attack and stroke in this population may not make sense.
Aspirin works to prevent heart attacks and strokes by acting on the platelets. Platelets are the sticky cells in the blood which clump together when triggered by atherosclerotic plaque, a fatty cholesterol piece that clogs the artery.