Harvard Heart Letter
Advice about taking aspirin and statins after age 75
These drugs are mainstays for preventing heart disease. Are they safe and effective in older people? Low-dose aspirin and statins are both common, inexpensive drugs that help prevent the two root causes of most heart attacks — blood clots and cholesterol-laden plaque clogging the arteries of the heart. In recent years, a number of studies have helped experts refine their advice as to who should or should not take these medications.