Aspirin, the 100-year-old painkiller that’s in almost every medicine cabinet in America, has been hailed by many doctors as a “miracle drug” that prevents many deadly diseases, including heart attacks, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
Some medical professionals advise that almost everyone should take a baby aspirin (81 mg) daily. Other experts believe that daily aspirin shouldn’t be a blanket recommendation.
But should you take aspirin? The answer may lie in your specific health situation.
First, let’s take a look at aspirin’s benefits:
• Heart attack. Harvard Medical School experts say that aspirin helps prevent heart attacks in people with coronary artery disease, and also in healthy men over the age of 50. According to the National Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, aspirin lowers the risk of a first heart attack by 32 percent in men. Most experts believe aspirin does this by slightly thinning the blood, thus lowering the risk of clots.