Taking aspirin every day can lower your risk of heart attack or stroke. If you are a man age 45 to 79 or a woman age 55 to 79, ask your doctor about taking aspirin.
You may be at higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke if you:
- Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes
- Have a family history of heart disease
- Have already had a heart attack or stroke
Talk with the doctor about your risk for heart attack and stroke and whether daily aspirin is right for you. For most people, aspirin is safe. But it’s not right for everyone.
Talk with your doctor before you start taking aspirin every day.
What are the benefits of taking aspirin daily?
Aspirin can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by preventing blood clots.
A blood clot is a clump of thickened blood. It can block blood flow to parts of the body and cause serious health problems or even death.
A blood clot can:
- Block blood flow to your heart and cause a heart attack
- Prevent blood from getting to your brain and cause a stroke
Taking daily aspirin can prevent blood clots and lower your risk for a heart attack or stroke. If you've already had a heart attack or stroke, daily aspirin can lower your risk of having another one.
Can taking aspirin every day cause any side effects?
Taking aspirin daily isn't for everyone. For some people, it may even be dangerous.
Talk to your doctor before you start taking aspirin every day. Be sure to tell your doctor about any health conditions you have (like asthma or bleeding problems).
Learn more about the benefits and risks of taking aspirin every day.