Aspirin could increase the risk of heart failure

A study looked at the effects of aspirin in people at risk for heart failure.

When we have risk factors for one day developing a heart problem, which drugs should we avoid? A recent study conducted in Germany publishes an observation in the revue ESC Heart Failure : according to these researchers, taking aspirin could be one of the aggravating factors.

This is only a first observation at the moment. The study looked at 30,827 people who lived in either the United States or Western Europe and were at least 40 years old. They were observed for several years from a cardiac point of view because they all had a condition that made them “at risk.” Either they suffered fromobesity, either smoked or already had cardiovascular disease, history, cholesterol disorders, diabetes or hypertension.

Aspirin to be used with caution

At the start of the study, they were divided into two groups: those who treated themselves with aspirin, and those who did not. The study does not reveal how often they took it. In this group, they were 7,698. After more than 5 years, 1,330 people suffered from heart failure, without it necessarily being fatal..

After ruling out the other factors, the scientists observed that when you have the diseases mentioned above, aspirin can increase the risk of heart problems by 26%. Doctors cannot say 100% that aspirin is responsible, but another study conducted in subjects without previous cardiovascular disease led them to a similar result. This led them to clarify that it is important not to prescribe it lightly in the face of these patients.

Source : Aspirin use is associated with increased risk for incident heart failure: a patient-level pooled analysis, ESC Heart Failure, November 22, 2021.

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