Aspirin and women - age matters
Aspirin and women — age matters
Aspirin can help healthy women over age 65 prevent both strokes and heart attacks. For younger women, the hazards of aspirin outweigh the benefits.
Ever since a landmark trial in male physicians revealed in 1988 that aspirin helps prevent a first heart attack in men, the question "Does aspirin work for women, too?" has been crying out for an answer.
The search for that answer began almost immediately. The research team at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital that led the Physicians' Health Study convinced the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that a similar trial in women was vitally important. Thus was born the Women's Health Study.