Fewer than half of the people with cardiovascular disease in the United States are prescribed aspirin therapy, even though it’s cheap and available over the counter. Many people prescribed aspirin start to feel well once they have recovered after a heart attack, and therefore mistakenly conclude they don’t need to take their aspirin. Though the use of aspirin for heart attack prevention is a generally well-established approach, some questions remain about the proper dose. For chronic cardiovascular protection, it appears that 81 mg daily is sufficient.
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