Harvard Heart Letter
Rethinking low-dose aspirin
New studies shed light on the role of aspirin for people without a previous heart attack or stroke. It costs just pennies per pill, doesn’t require a prescription, and may be lifesaving for some people. But daily low-dose aspirin doesn’t make sense for everyone. Now, three major studies that examined the benefits and risks of this widely used drug may alter the advice about who should take aspirin.