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Dr. Sanford L. Severin

San Ramon, CA 94582 USA


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Aspirin: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

September 19, 2017


Aspirin is a medication that can do you a world of good and sometimes a world of bad.

There is some interesting and important news about aspirin. Most of us know that low dose aspirin has been recommended for adults who are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact one study found that there was a 22% decrease in heart attacks in patients at risk who took a daily low dose pill.

Of equal importance is that another study found that those who took a daily low dose aspirin pill for ten years had a  40% lower risk of colon cancer.


The flip side of the coin is that aspirin increases your risk of having a severe hemorrhage.In rare instances the bleeding can be fatal.

This presents a dilemma that should be discussed with your doctor. A decision needs to be made whether in your particular case the benefit of taking a daily low dose aspirin pill outweighs the risks.


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