Pharmacist Doug: Low Dose Aspirin


Meaghan:>>Andy: THERE HAVE BEEN A RECENT CHANGE IN WHAT SOME EXPERTS RECOMMEND FOR TAKING ASPIRIN. DOCTORS SAY MOST OLDER ADULTS SHOULD NOT TAKE A DAILY LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN AS A WAY TO PREVENT A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE. THE EXPERTS SAY IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO CONTROL CHOLESTEROL, BLOOD PRESSURE, AND BLOOD SUGAR THROUGH LIFESTYLE CHANGES. DISCUSS WITH US THIS MOST CURRENT AND RECENT INFO. I KNOW YOU DON’T LIKE TO ROCK THE BOAT, BUT WE HAVE TO ON THIS ONE. MAYBE I’M BEING A DRAMA QUEEN, BUT IT SEEMS CONTROVERSIAL BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN DOING IT SO LONG. THERE ARE THREE MAIN POINTS AT STAKE. FIRST ONE, TAKING LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN FOR SECONDARY PREVENTION, TAKING LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN FOR CARDIOVASCULAR BENEFIT WITHOUT PRI PREVIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR EVENT OR STROKE, AND THIRD IS LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN IN EASY SOME WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY SECONDARY PREVENTION? SECONDARY PREVENTION IS YOU’RE TRYING TO PREVENT A SECOND EPISODE. YOU HAVE ALREADY HAD A HEART ATTACK OR A STROKE, YOU DON’T WANT A SECOND, THIRD, OR FOURTH. THAT’S WHAT ALL THE SCIENCE SAYS LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN TO PREVENT THAT. Andy: SO TAKE LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN FOR GOOD MEASURE, LET’S JUST DO IT, IT CAN’T HURT, RIGHT? RIGHT. Andy: IT CAN. YES. THIS IS WHERE THE CONTROVERSY LIES. SO THE LATEST RESEARCH SHOWS IT’S NOT BENEFICIAL TO TAKE IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD THAT FIRST HEART ATTACK OR STROKE. NOT ONLY IT IS NOT BENEFICIAL, IT MIGHT BE HARMFUL, BECAUSE OF THE RISKS, THE INCREASED RISK OF INTERNAL BLEEDING. THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO THIN YOUR BLOOD, BECAUSE YOU WANT YOUR BLOOD A LITTLE BIT THIN. THERE WERE SOME RECENT STUDIES, RECENT WITHIN THE LAST YEAR, LOOKING AT ASPIRIN TO PREVENT CANCER. AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO — THIS IS PART OF THE ISSUE IS YOU WILL ABLE TO FIND SOME STUDIES THAT ARE PRO, YOU KNOW, CANCER PREVENTION WITH ASPIRIN, AND AGAINST THAT. BUT BOTH SIDES ARE COMING TO AN Andy: ALL RIGHT. HOW DO WE NOT — BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN TOLD THIS FOREVER. SO WHY IS IT JUST NOW THAT WE’RE GOING, OKAY, HOLD ON, TIME OUT, FORGET THE ASPIRIN, LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN. THIS IS A STRUGGLE FOR ME. I TALKED TO YOU ABOUT THIS. THERE ARE MANY THINGS AT STAKE. YOU WANT THE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION. SO NUMBER ONE IS RESEARCH IS GREAT. WE NEED RESEARCH TO ADVANCE. BUT RESEARCH IS NOT PERFECT. RESEARCH IS HUGELY IMPERFECT. SO YOU CAN’T EXCLUSIVELY RELY ON THAT. Andy: THE MORE WE CONTINUE TO ADVANCE AS A PEOPLE, THE MORE WE KNOW. SOMETIMES IT JUST TAKES US. RIGHT. EXACTLY. THE OTHER THING IS LIABILITY IS AN ISSUE. WHO WILL BE LIABLE FOR THAT. NO ONE GROUP OR PERSON. SO DOING THIS SEGMENT, I FELT COMPELLED TO SAY, LIKE I’M NOT A DOCTOR. I’M NOT DIAGNOSING. ON THIS SHOW, YOUR VIEWERS DON’T HEAR ME SAY, STOP YOUR ASPIRIN. YOU TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. YOU HAVE A DISCUSSION. ALSO, IT’S A BUYER BEWARE MARKET. YOU NEED EDUCATE YOURSELF. THINGS THE RIGHT WAY TO MAKE THE CHANGE TO BENEFIT, BUT AGAIN, ALWAYS, ALWAYS CHECK WITH THE DOCTOR. PHARMACIST DOUG, THANKS FOR CHECKING US OUT TODAY. WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING IN ON THIS MONDAY. BY THE WAY, YOU ASK DOUG ANY QUESTION YOU WANT OVER ON FACEBOOK. YOU CAN ALSO REACH OUT TO HIM VIA E-MAIL OR FIND HIM AT THE