An old saying suggests taking daily aspirin can help to prevent heart disease and stroke. However, new studies have shown that it’s not for everyone, but for some people it helps.
If you have never had a heart attack, stroke or known cardiovascular disease and is healthy, taking an aspirin a day may actually cause more harm than good.
However, if you have already suffered a heart attack or a stroke, taking an aspirin every day can help lower your risk for another cardiac episode.
Also, if you haven’ had a heart problem, but is living with uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, or is a smoker, your health care provider may recommend that you start taking an aspirin a day to prevent heart disease.
Daily Aspirin Guidelines:
- If you are over 70 years old and healthy, you don’t need a daily aspirin for prevention.
- If you have increased bleeding risk, don’t take aspirin for daily prevention for example a bleeding risk for ulcer
- If you are 40-70 years and of increased risk, you might consider a daily 81 mg low strength aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke
One of the complications or side effects of you taking aspirin when you don’t need it is mainly bleeding.
- You can bleed in your GI tract; especially if you have an ulcer
- Bleeding could also occur in your brain
Bleeding could even be worse if you combine taking blood thinners like warfarin with taking aspirin every day.
Always consult, your health care provider before taking aspirin. Yes, you can get it OTC but you can also have side effects with it.
Your healthcare provider will examine your overall health to make sure you are a candidate for daily aspirin use.
Remember! Aspirin is a preventative to heart disease, that’s not recommended for everyone.