Doubts About Daily Aspirin

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Aspirin’s side effect of bleeding ulcers, might outweigh the potential benefits.

If you are healthy, you should reconsider taking a daily aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack.

Doctors generally agree that someone who has suffered a heart attack or ischemic stroke should take a daily aspirin regimen.

Aspirin Advice

Doctors have been reducing their aspirin recommendations for people who don’t already have heart disease.

Current guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force:

Aspirin recommended for:

  • Some men 45 and older with risk factors for heart disease, assuming no history of ulcers or other bleeding dangers.
  • Some women 55 and older with risk factors for stroke, and no history of bleeding danger.

Aspirin not recommended for:

  • Men younger than 45, and women younger than 55.
  • Anyone 80 and older.

Sources:The Wall Street Journal

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