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    Default Daily Dose Of Aspirin Raises Risks Of falls Among Elderly People

    Christa Lesté-Lasserre
    November 7 2022

    In a trial of more than 16,000 people over 70, those who took a low-dose of aspirin every day were just under 10 per cent more likely to have a fall that required hospital care than those on placebo

    People who are older than 70 may be more likely to have a serious fall if they take a low dose of aspirin every day, in a finding that may support more cautious prescribing when issuing the drug to those at risk of heart attacks and strokes.
    Aspirin’s blood-thinning properties mean it is often prescribed to ward off cardiovascular complications. Research also suggests the drug may somewhat slow cognitive decline and strengthen bones, a combination that would theoretically lead to fewer serious falls.
    But results from the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) trial contradict that idea, with the most recent findings pointing towards an increase in severe falls when older people take a low dose of aspirin every day.

    For an average of 4.6 years, Anna Barker at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and her colleagues followed 16,703 white Australian people, aged 70 or over, who were described as being “relatively healthy”.

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