Why healthy, older adults should steer clear

Do you take aspirin every day? For people with pre-existing heart disease, aspirin can help ward off a heart attack. But if you are healthy and take a daily baby aspirin in the hopes of preventing heart-related problems, think again.

Aspirin has anti-platelet, anti-clotting effects that can help keep heart patients’ arteries open, which is the reason it can benefit people who already have heart disease. But if you don’t have any heart issues, research continues to show that aspirin puts you at greater risk for bleeding into the brain or stomach.

Aspirin: ‘not a benign intervention’

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