Aspirin and women - age matters

Aspirin and women — age matters

Published: March, 2014

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.

To continue reading this article, you must log in.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise

New subscriptions to Harvard Health Online are temporarily unavailable. Click the button below to learn about our other subscription offers.

Learn More »