Heart Beat: No one-size-fits-all for aspirin and elders

Heart Beat

No one-size-fits-all for aspirin and elders

If you're over age 70 and don't have heart disease, you might want to think twice before taking a daily aspirin for your heart.

Among people with heart disease, regardless of age, aspirin is a proven strategy for keeping heart attacks and clot-related (ischemic) strokes at bay. Among healthy individuals, though, aspirin's side effects may offset its benefits.

Australian researchers used a computer model to test what would happen if 20,000 healthy men and women between the ages of 70 and 74 started taking a daily low-dose aspirin. The model was programmed to follow each individual until death or age 100.

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