Take Action: Talk with Your Doctor
Take these steps to protect your health if you are at risk of heart attack or stroke.
Find out if daily aspirin is right for you.
Your doctor can help you decide if daily aspirin is the right choice for you. Talk with your doctor about:
- Your risk of heart attack or stroke
- What kind of aspirin to take
- How much to take
- How often to take it
- Side effects that aspirin can cause
Be sure to tell your doctor about all the other medicines you take, including vitamins, herbs, and over-the-counter medicines (medicines you can get without a prescription). Aspirin may mix dangerously with other medicines and cause serious side effects.
What about cost?
For some adults, aspirin use is covered under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010. Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan.
For information about other services covered by the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov.
Know your family’s health history.
Your family history affects your risk for heart attack and stroke. Use this family health history tool to keep track of your family’s health. Share the information with your doctor.
Take Action: Health and Safety
Use aspirin safely.
If you and your doctor decide that aspirin is right for you, follow these safety tips:
- Make sure you understand how much aspirin to take and how often to take it.
- Talk with your doctor before you start taking a new medicine or vitamin. Ask if it’s safe to take with aspirin.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. This means no more than 1 drink a day for women and no more than 2 drinks a day for men. Alcohol can increase some risks of taking daily aspirin.
- Check with your doctor first if you want to stop taking daily aspirin.
- Get more tips about using medicines safely.
Make it easy to remember.
Here are a few things that may help you remember to take aspirin every day:
- Take it at the same time every day. For example, take it after you brush your teeth or when you eat breakfast.
- Put a reminder note on your bathroom mirror where you will see it each day.
- Use a weekly pill box to keep track of the medicines you take each day.
Help your heart.
Taking aspirin is just one part of making heart-healthy changes.