Aspirin has an impressive list of potential
health benefits, but new evidence suggests that many patients are told to discontinue
this low-cost, effective therapy without just cause. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest
health news. A new study found that some cardiovascular
patients, who previously had an adverse reaction and were told they were allergic to aspirin
without formal testing by an allergist, may be unnecessarily stopping a beneficial therapy.
In fact, the majority of patients studied were found to be mistakenly labeled as having
an aspirin hypersensitivity. For this study, the study team looked at the medical records
of 5,052 patients with heart disease. These researchers found aspirin hypersensitivity
in only 2.5 percent of these patients. Hypersensitivity is an exaggerated immune response to an agent,
but is not the same as a diagnosed allergy. They also found that none of the patients
who were determined to have an actual aspirin hypersensitivity were referred to an allergist
for further diagnosis and management. If you think you may be allergic to any medication,
get tested by an allergist.