Seek Your Cardiologists 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 dont 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.
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