A major change for daily aspirin therapy
New recommendations could affect millions of people.
You may remember a time when taking a daily baby aspirin was almost a rite of passage for generally healthy older adults. The idea was that, for people with a low to moderate risk for heart disease, aspirin therapy was a simple and cost-effective way to help prevent a heart attack or stroke.
But taking aspirin increases the risk for bleeding in the stomach and brain (see "How aspirin affects the body").