Patients whose stroke is due to a brain haemorrhage may take aspirin to reduce the risk of future strokes and heart problems, new study.
Aspirin dilutes the blood, which is why the doctors were careful to give it because they feared it could worsen bleeding.
However, the Lancet study suggests it does not increase and possibly even lower the risk of new brain hemorrhage.
Experts say the "strong indication" needs to be confirmed with more research.
Take aspirin daily only if your doctor recommends it.
Benefits and Risks of Aspirin
Aspirin is best known as a painkiller and is sometimes taken to relieve fever.
Low daily aspirin (75 mg) is used to make the blood less sticky and to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Most strokes are caused by blood clots in the brain, but some are caused by bleeding.
Because aspirin dilutes the blood, it can sometimes make the patient bleed more easily.
And aspirin is not safe for everyone.
It can also cause indigestion and less likely to lead to gastric ulcers.
Never give aspirin to children under the age of 1
It may increase the likelihood that children develop a very rare but serious condition called Reye's Syndrome (which can lead to liver and brain damage).
The study involved 537 individuals across the UK who had participated in the disease. Cerebral haemorrhage while taking antiplatelet drugs to stop blood clotting, including aspirin, dipyridamole or another drug called clopidogrel.
- Half of the patients were randomly selected to continue taking their medicine (after a short break immediately after their cerebral hemorrhage) while the other half were told to stop taking it.
- Over the five years of the study, 12 of those who continued to take the pills, they suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, compared with 23 of those who stopped.
The work will be presented at the conference of the European Stroke Organization in Milan.
What do experts say?
Research can not prove that aspirin prevents future strokes, but appears to involve less risk.
It also does not indicate that aspirin is always safe to take.
However, it suggests that more patients – patients with haemorrhagic or cerebral hemorrhage – could benefit from daily treatment.
It is not clear whether the study results apply to all patients in real life.
Senior researcher, Prof. Rutsam Salman of the University of Edinburgh, said: "At the moment, people do not know what's right."
"Doctors are reluctant to administer aspirin or aspirin-like drugs for people taking these Had kind of stroke.
"The British and European guidelines do not make a recommendation because there is not enough evidence.
" I think we have now confirmed the safety with these results.
"Aspirin certainly seems to be safe enough."
Prof. Salman recommended more work to see if aspirin could actually lower the risk of cerebral hemorrhage and blood clots.
Prof. Metin Avkiran of the British Heart Foundation, which funded the research, said: "About one-third of people who suffer from a brain hemorrhage, also known as haemorrhagic stroke, do so when taking an antiplatelet medication B. Aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attack or ischemic stroke. [blood clot]
"We now have a strong indication that they can continue to take these potentially life-saving medicines after cerebral hemorrhage without increasing the risk of cerebral hemorrhage which is crucial for both patients and physicians.
Anyone who has reservations should speak to a doctor before thinking about changing the drug.
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