Aspirin is Helpful but Only for Men

Oct 22, 2007
Taking an aspirin daily has proved to be quite effective in protecting heart and arteries, but only if you are a man.

The latest research analyzing trials of more than 100,000 patients showed that aspirin as a drug that considerably reduces the risk of heart attacks is known to be beneficial mainly for men.

A lot of studies were conducted to find out the benefits of aspirin with some of them pinpointing the good effect on heart health of the patients, who are at risk of heart attacks and the others that suggested no visible effect.

This confusion led to a new research, where the findings of 23 clinical trials and 113,000 patients were studied to understand why the results varied.

Dr. Don Sin from the University of British Columbia, from Vancouver, Canada explained that the main difference was found between trials mainly involving men and those involving women at large. Trials on men showed that aspirin reduces risk of heart attack by 50 percent, while trials on women demonstrated no or less effect.

These findings correlate with the recent study discovering that heart blood vessels have different structure in men and women. It is also known that women have higher level of oestrogen hormone, making women less susceptible to the benefits of aspirin.

Nick Henderson, the executive director of the Aspirin Foundation, also said that post-menopausal women will be more likely to become more responsive to aspirin as the level of oestrogen will drop.

Aspirin is one of the most commonly used drugs known as a painkiller. There was a lot of discussion regarding the possible side effects of aspirin, including stomach bleeding.

But while there is some risk, many scientists say that benefits may well surpass the risks for patients who may face a heart attack. Though according to the results, clinicians should take into account that women are less responsive to aspirin as heart protective drug and avoid prescribing it.
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