Ask the doctor: Should I continue aspirin therapy if I do not have heart problems?

Ask the doctor

Published: February, 2017

Q. Years ago, I was told to take a daily aspirin for heart disease protection. I am now 75 years old and have never had any heart problems. Should I continue?

A. In men, aspirin has been promoted to prevent heart attacks and, to a lesser extent, strokes. However, regular aspirin use is also associated with a higher risk of intestinal bleeding and—rarely—bleeding in the brain.

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