Low doses of aspirin increase chance of developing ulcers

Low doses of aspirin increase chance of developing ulcers

Aspirin has long been hailed as one of the most effective, low-cost ways to help guard against a heart attack or stroke. However, international medical researchers caution that low doses of aspirin also increase a patient’s chance of developing an ulcer, often without warning signs.

The JUPITER study measured the prevalence and incidence of gastroduodenal ulcers among 187 aspirin therapy patients from Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and Spain.
It found one in ten people taking low-dose aspirin to prevent a stroke or heart attack had a stomach ulcer at any point in time, with older patients aged 70 years and over, as well as those infected with the bacterium ‘Helicobacter pylori’, three times more at risk.
“This study reveals a high prevalence of ulcers in patients prescribed low-dose aspirin for vascular protection – doses between 75-300 mg a day.

Amplify’d from www.news-medical.net

Aspirin has long been hailed as one of the most effective, low-cost ways to help guard against a heart attack or stroke. However, international medical researchers caution that low doses of aspirin also increase a patient’s chance of developing an ulcer, often without warning signs.

The JUPITER study measured the prevalence and incidence of gastroduodenal ulcers among 187 aspirin therapy patients from Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and Spain.

It found one in ten people taking low-dose aspirin to prevent a stroke or heart attack had a stomach ulcer at any point in time, with older patients aged 70 years and over, as well as those infected with the bacterium ‘Helicobacter pylori’, three times more at risk.

“This study reveals a high prevalence of ulcers in patients prescribed low-dose aspirin for vascular protection – doses between 75-300 mg a day.

“Other similar studies have found people taking low doses of aspirin are about two to four times more likely to be hospitalised with an ulcer bleed. What has not been quite clear is whether this is due to aspirin patients actually getting ulcers more often, or just more likely to bleed from an ulcer that might be already there.”

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