We have all heard the slogan “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Well what about can “An aspirin a day keep the cardiologist away?”
Aspirin is one of the most common medications taken by adults in the United States. But what is the correct dose to take to prevent a heart attack? This has been a debate for many years.
A recent study from the Annals of Internal Medicine (March 2009) found that 81 milligrams (one baby aspirin) was as effective as the higher dose aspirin at preventing a heart attack and also caused less bleeding complications.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also released new guidelines (published in the Annals of Internal Medicine March 2009) about aspirin recommendations for people who have NEVER HAD a Heart Attack or Stroke.
Men aged 45 to 79 with risk factors for a heart attack should take aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack as long as their risk of bleeding is low
Women aged 55 to 79 with risk factors for an ischemic stroke should take aspirin every day to prevent a stroke as long as there risk of bleeding is low
Men under 45 and women under 55 who have never had a heart attack or stroke should not take aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke.
No clear recommendations for men or women over 80 (discuss individually with your health care provider).
Aspirin appears to prevent heart attacks better in men than women, and prevent ischemic strokes better in women than men.
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