#happylife: Should you take a baby aspirin everyday?

#happylife: Should you take a baby aspirin everyday?

This month, KXLY4 is helping you lead a happy, heart-healthy life. Many think in order to do that you should take a baby aspirin every day.

But do the benefits outweigh the risks? The answer to that question is not the same for everyone. It depends on your heart history.

Aspirin helps prevent blood from clotting but it can also be hard on your stomach and can even cause life threatening bleeding.

If a doctor has told you before to take a baby, or low-dose, aspirin every day, then you’ve probably had a heart attack, stroke or had a stent inserted. For these people, the benefit probably does outweigh the risk.

That also goes for anyone between 50- and 70-years-old with risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, “People at high risk of heart attack should take a daily low-dose of aspirin.”

But if you don’t have a history of stroke or heart attack, and don’t have any of these risk factors, you’re probably better off only taking aspirin for minor aches and pains.

Of course you should discuss your individual situation with a doctor, so you know your risk for heart disease and if you could potentially benefit from daily aspirin. For more information about aspirin recommendations, check here.

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