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A major change for daily aspirin therapy

November 01, 2019

New recommendations could affect millions of people.

71ab5879-afa1-4bb6-a2fd-26e565d8766cYou 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").

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