Podcast #395: Aspirin for everyone!

Author: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • In patients without indications for aspirin, three recent studies looked at prevention of several end points in the elderly
  • These showed no benefit in preventing cardiovascular events (stroke, MI, hear failure), disability, or death in elderly
  • These studies also demonstrated higher mortality and increased bleeding risk in patients who were taking aspirin without clear indications

Editor’s note: the increased all cause mortality is intriguing – but attributed to an increase in cancer mortality. Unclear why but will be important to see if this trend is seen in other studies.

 

References:

McNeil JJ, Woods RL, Nelson MR, et al., on behalf of the ASPREE Investigator Group. Effect of Aspirin on Disability-free Survival in the Healthy Elderly. N Engl J Med. 2018 Oct 18;379(16):1499-1508. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1800722. Epub 2018 Sep 16. PubMed PMID: 30221596.

McNeil JJ, Woods RL, Nelson MR, et al., on behalf of the ASPREE Investigator Group. Effect of Aspirin on Cardiovascular Events and Bleeding in the Healthy Elderly. N Engl J Med. 2018 Oct 18;379(16):1509-1518. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1805819. Epub 2018 Sep 16. PubMed PMID: 30221597.

McNeil JJ, Woods RL, Nelson MR, et al., on behalf of the ASPREE Investigator Group. Effect of Aspirin on All-Cause Mortality in the Healthy Elderly. N Engl J Med. 2018 Oct 18;379(16):1519-1528. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1803955. Epub 2018 Sep 16. PubMed PMID: 30221595.

 

Summary by Travis Barlock, MS4  | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, M

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