While some people believe in the age-old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," other retirement living seniors rely on their daily dose of aspirin to remain healthy. The over-the-counter medication is widely believed to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Now, a new study may shed some light on these ideas.
According to the AARP Bulletin Today, the risks of taking aspirin, which includes bleeding in the brain and stomach, far outweighs its benefits.
"That's not a trivial side effect," Michael LeFevre, a professor of family medicine at the University of Missouri, told the news source. "We're talking about people who get hospitalized."
The news outlet reports that retirement living seniors over the age of 80 should think about refraining from taking aspirin as part of their everyday health regimen. However, not everyone should immediately discount the miracle pill.
"Aspirin is a lifesaving medicine in patients with established cardiovascular disease," Jeffrey Berger, a cardiologist at New York University, told the news outlet.
Retirement living seniors who are concerned about their cardio health may also consider a regular fitness routine and eating healthy as ways to prevent heart disease.