Seek Your Cardiologist’s Approval Before Taking Daily Aspirin
If primary prevention of heart attack is the goal, aspirin may do more harm than good.
If you have suffered a heart attack or stroke, or have had an invasive coronary procedure such as bypass surgery or stenting, your doctor may recommend you take a daily aspirin. Studies show that aspirin can be effective in preventing a second cardiovascular event (“secondary prevention”). However, if you don’t have advanced cardiovascular disease, evidence supporting the likelihood that aspirin will prevent a first heart attack (“primary prevention”) is inconclusive. For men of all ages, there appears to be a benefit in taking aspirin to prevent a first or second heart attack, and to generally reduce the risk of heart disease.