Aspirin Therapy: Right for Your Heart?
Daily aspirin helps many, but age, gender, and heart disease risks play a part. Is it right for you?
Aspirin: Different Benefits for Men and Women continued...
In general, for healthy women under 65, an aspirin isn't recommended, says
Wenger. Again, it's best to talk to your doctor.
Most of all, it's important to recognize that taking aspirin doesn't reduce
the risk of cardiovascular disease nearly as much as good old-fashioned
measures like losing weight, exercising, quitting smoking, and controlling
blood pressure and cholesterol. These measures can lower the risk of serious
disease by up to 80% according to some studies -- leaving aspirin in the
Yet aspirin is a valuable tool for people who want to do everything they can
to prevent heart attacks and stroke. After seeing her
doctor, Sandra Rose decided she was one of them. She decided to stay on her
aspirin, even though her cardiovascular risk was already low. "I wanted to
get it even lower," she said, despite the risk of bleeding. Knowing the
benefits, and the risks, let her make an informed choice.