Aspirin use linked to increased risk of heart failure

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A recent study by the University of Freiburg has found a concerning connection between aspirin use and a higher risk of heart failure, especially in people with certain risk factors.

Aspirin, commonly known for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, is also used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in specific groups. However, this new research suggests that those at risk of heart failure should be cautious about its use.

The study revealed that individuals using aspirin who already had at least one risk factor for heart failure had a 26% higher chance of developing the condition.

The research included 30,827 participants aged 40 and above, all of whom were initially free from heart failure but had predisposing factors like smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

Heart failure is a serious chronic condition where the heart struggles to pump blood effectively. This can lead to symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue, and swelling in the legs. While heart failure cannot be cured, it can be managed with lifestyle changes, medication, and sometimes surgery.

At the beginning of the study, participants were categorized as either users or non-users of aspirin. Over the course of five years, 1,330 participants developed heart failure.

Even after adjusting for various risk factors and excluding those with a history of cardiovascular disease, the link between aspirin use and an increased risk of heart failure remained strong.

These findings suggest that doctors should be careful when prescribing aspirin, particularly for those with or at risk of developing heart failure.

The study highlighted that about a quarter of its participants were taking aspirin, which underscores the need to understand the potential risks associated with its use.

Led by Dr. Blerim Mujaj and published in the journal ESC Heart Failure, this research calls for more studies into the risks and benefits of aspirin, especially among people vulnerable to heart failure.

As healthcare professionals consider these findings, patients are encouraged to discuss the implications of aspirin use with their doctors, particularly if they have risk factors for heart failure.

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