Consult GP on aspirin reduction warns doctor
BY TATE SPITERI
BRIGHT doctor Paul Duff has urged people that take aspirin regularly to consult their doctor before they decide to stop taking the medication.
Dr Duff’s message comes following a new ASPREE Study published today by the New England Journal of Medicine that showed healthy people over 70 that take aspirin would receive no benefit.
“Aspirin is still very important for people who have had a previous stroke, existing heart disease or have had heart surgery,” Dr Duff said.
“This story is going to hit the news tonight and all these people are going to go off aspirin and (they could) have heart attacks.”
Dr Duff said the findings that were undertaken by one of the most prestigious medical studies in the world, clearly stated the importance aspirin still had too some patients.
However, Dr Duff fears nationwide media coverage could see people neglect these facts.
“All these people on aspirin are going to be confused and they are going to say they saw it causes haemorrhages and things like that,” he said.
“This study only applies to healthy people that have got nothing wrong with them.”
Dr Duff said GPs and patients in Bright and also Myrtleford were all part of the study that started in 2010.
“The study showed aspirin doesn’t prolong life, it doesn’t reduce your risk of major stroke and that it actually increases your risk of serious haemorrhage but that only applies to people that are healthy,” he said.
“I hope people will consult their doctors before deciding to just stop taking aspirin.”
MESSAGE: Bright doctor Paul Duff thinks people will stop taking aspirin following the release of a new study on the medication.