Low-Dose Aspirin May Help Shield You From COVID-19
“The present study aimed to better understand the potential beneficial effects of aspirin in fighting the human immune system against COVID-19,” said study principal investigator Eugene Merzon, Leumit Health Services of the ‘University of Bar-Ilan. “We intend to study a larger cohort of patients and in randomized clinical trials.”
Two experts in the United States agreed that the results are interesting, but more study is needed.
“This certainly raises intriguing questions,” said Dr. Michael Goyfman, who heads clinical cardiology at the Long Island Jewish Forest Hills in New York City. But for now, he said, the data is too early to be more than “speculative.”
He pointed out that “confounding” factors could be at play. “For example, have fewer people contracted COVID-19 from their aspirin consumption? Or maybe people who take aspirin are also taking other medications, adhere to doctors’ recommendations better, and perhaps are more likely to practice social distancing ?, ”Goyfman says.
And far from low-dose aspirin being a harmless drug, Goyfman pointed out that it comes with risks – so people worried about coronavirus may want to think twice before starting aspirin every day.
“Its various risks include peptic ulcer, gastrointestinal, intracranial and other bleeding,” he said.
Dr Len Horovitz is a pulmonologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, also in New York. He said that “Aspirin certainly has anti-inflammatory benefits, and if studies in larger groups are conducted, it is conceivable that aspirin may play a role in the prevention and treatment of COVID in some patients. “.
But Horovitz said new data in recent years has somewhat removed the heart-healthy halo of aspirin.
“While aspirin therapy was widely used in recent years, adding aspirin to statin therapy did not significantly reduce the number of heart attacks – and also resulted in significant mortality from bruising and bleeding, ”he noted.
The study was recently published in The FEBS Journal.
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SOURCES: Michael Goyfman MD, director, clinical cardiology, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, New York; Len Horovitz, pulmonologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York; Bar-Ilan University, press release, March 10, 2021
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