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Aspirin Use

There is evidence that regular aspirin use can decrease the risk of serious cardiovascular health events. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends the use of aspirin for men between the ages of 45 and 79 to reduce the risk of heart attack, and for women between the ages of 55 and 79, for those who are not at high risk of gastrointestinal bleeding (such as someone with a prior history of stomach ulcer) or other bleeding problems.

The benefit of aspirin use outside these age ranges is uncertain. It appears that low-dose aspirin (ie, a baby aspirin or aspirin dose 75-100 mg) may be as effective as regular-dose aspirin (325 mg), with less bleeding risk. For the majority of people, the bleeding risk of low-dose aspirin is not very high, but it is a good idea to discuss aspirin use with your medical provider before starting. Some people may also have an allergy to aspirin and should therefore avoid aspirin use.

There is also growing evidence that regular aspirin use may cut the risk of colorectal cancer, however the USPSTF does not currently recommend aspirin use for this purpose.

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To reduce my risk of cardiovascular disease, I will take low-dose aspirin every day for [ How long? ].

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