Stop Before Reaching Into Your Medicine Cabinet

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- A new report out shows that taking aspirin could increase your risk for heart attacks.

Many people reach for aspirin when they have a headache, stomache,
or to ward off heart attacks.

But, a new study out by Harvard University showed that 24 percent of people carry a gene which could nearly double your risk of a heart attack if combined with this painkiller.

"Really surprising. I didnt think that medicine would do something like that," said Cristina Nuevo-Luna, a Valley mother.

Nuevo-Luna is a mother of two who says this study affects what she will give to her family, and she's not alone.

"I don't really want to take it myself until I know for sure. I'm not one out of four that could have it, and I don't want my husband to continue to take it," said Kathy Biery, a Valley mother.

Biery says it's shocking since her husband and parents commonly take the medicine to reduce their risk of heart attacks.

The information from this new study means that out of 100 people with this gene who take aspirin, one person may suffer from heart problems, which doctors say could have been prevented.

Pharmacist Mel Anderson on our First Alert Health Team says that in a world of increasing medications, its okay to use the painkiller as long as it's used with caution.

"No medicine is 100 percent safe. There are risks associated with everything, and don't just continue using your medication because its the way you've always done it," said Mel Anderson, of Medicap Pharmacy.

But for other smaller problems, like headaches or stomacheaches,
he says there are other medications which could be used. So, its' important to talk to your doctor before popping the pill.


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