Women's Heart Advisor January 2010 Issue

Aspirin May Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke

Could you benefit from taking this simple drug?

Aspirin has been around for so long that itís easy to forget it is a powerful drug. In addition to relieving pain, it helps prevent blood platelets from sticking together. Thatís why itís often valuable in preventing a clot-induced heart attack or stroke. Whether or not you should use aspirin for cardiovascular prevention requires weighing the benefits against the risks. This hasnít been easy. "Multiple studies have shown the risk/benefit ratio can be affected by age, gender, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking, in addition to history of any kind of bleeding, especially gastrointestinal and intracranial," says Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Leslie Cho, MD.

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