The first advice given to heart failure patients is dead wrong
It's the first piece of advice the docs will give you when they send you home from the hospital after heart failure: Take your aspirin!
Daily aspirin isn't merely "recommended" after a heart attack or heart failure.
It's practically assumed.
You know what happens when you assume, right?
Well, it's just happened again... because researchers finally put that advice to the test in a long-overdue study... and it FLUNKED in a big way!
The new study finds that if you have heart failure without atrial fibrillation, your doctor's insistence that you take daily aspirin might not be helping you at all.
In some cases, it could be hurting you.
It could even KILL you!
The study finds that aspirin after heart failure WON'T cut your risk of stroke -- and believe it or not, that's actually the best news in the study.
At least that's a neutral.
When it comes to two other very crucial outcomes, aspirin patients do worse.
Taking aspirin after heart failure without a-fib will INCREASE your risk of heart attack by 34 percent and boost your odds of going back to the hospital for heart failure by a quarter.
The researchers behind this study were so stunned by the results that they ran a second set of numbers on JUST the heart failure patients with a history of ischemic heart disease.
If anyone should see a benefit from aspirin, it would be them... right?
They didn't see a benefit at all.
In fact, the numbers were just as dismal.
There's no getting around it: Aspirin in these cases is no help and all harm.
But that's been the story with aspirin all along. The supposed benefits of the "wonder drug" fall apart anytime someone wonders enough to actually do some research.
Even the millions who take it for "primary prevention" -- avoiding a first heart attack -- are buying into a myth, because studies show that the drug is far more likely to hurt you with serious bleeding problems than it is to help you by preventing a heart attack.
So, it doesn't work for people at risk... and it doesn't work for people who already have heart failure.
But that doesn't mean you're powerless when it comes to protecting yourself.
If you've had a heart attack or heart failure, what works best for you will depend specifics including -- as the new study shows -- whether you have atrial fibrillation.
If you don't have a-fib, you might be able to avoid aspirin by instead taking natural therapies such as vitamin D, CoQ10, and fish oil and following the common-sense Mediterranean diet proven to cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Work closely with a holistic medical doctor.
For some one-on-one help that's tailored to your specific needs and risks, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
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