Millions of Americans take a low-dose aspirin every day to keep the cardiologist away. But many don't realize that aspirin, probably the most familiar medication of all, comes with a small but real risk of serious bleeding. Everyone taking aspirin should understand why they are taking it and what risks come with it, reports the October 2012 Harvard Men's Health Watch.
"It's important to have a discussion with your doctor, weigh the risks and benefits, and factor in the uncertainty to decide if you should be on aspirin," says Dr. Deepak Bhatt, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of cardiology at the VA Boston Healthcare System.
To continue reading this article, you must login
Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.