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. …

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