Harvard Heart Letter

Daily aspirin for disease prevention: When do the benefits outweigh the risks?

A daily aspirin may help defend against heart disease, but it should still be used with caution. Aspirin tablets have been a staple of home medicine cabinets and first-aid kits for nearly 100 years. Long before that, people chewed willow tree bark, which contains aspirin-like compounds, to treat a variety of ailments. On top of being an excellent painkiller and fever reducer at its standard dosage, aspirin dramatically reduces the risks for…

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