Millions of seniors facing heart problems are forced to choose between bad and worse -- they're told to pick between aspirin and warfarin.
Aspirin is the "bad" half of this equation, as people who take it run a risk of serious and potentially deadly bleeding problems -- especially in the stomach.
With an even higher risk of serious bleeding, warfarin -- the "drug" that does double-duty as rat poison -- is even worse.
Doesn't sound like much of a choice to me -- and that's if the doctor even bothers to ask for your input. Too many just tell their patients what to take (and if that sounds like yours, find someone who at least pretends to be interested in your opinion).
Now, you can expect docs to push for "bad" over "worse" as a new study of heart patients finds that aspirin and warfarin users have similar outcomes and death rates.
All told, the study of 2,300 heart failure patients with an average age of 61 found that 7.5 percent of those who had been taking warfarin died during the six-year study, versus 8 percent of those on aspirin -- a difference researchers say is statistically insignificant.
Warfarin users did have half the stroke risk of those who took the aspirin -- but the overall risk of having one was low no matter what the patients were given, and those on the rat poison had double the risk of major bleeding problems.
Overall, that means it's a wash -- and since aspirin is cheaper and "safer," the researchers said at a recent American Stroke Association meeting that it should be the go-to drug for heart patients instead of warfarin.
But just because aspirin is "safer" doesn't mean it's safe: Along with a risk of bleeding problems, aspirin has been linked to tinnitus, hearing loss, macular degeneration, erection problems, allergic reactions and more.
Why risk all that when you don't have to?
Forget choosing between bad and worse -- choose "none of the above" instead and try one of the natural options for thinning the blood, protecting the heart and slashing your stroke risk... like the fish oil you should be taking anyway.
Plain old fish oil is actually one of nature's most powerful blood thinners -- and by working with a doc who knows his natural supplements, you can get off meds like aspirin and warfarin and boost your heart health at the same time.
For more on why everyone should take fish oil, keep reading.