Aspirin: Should You Take One Daily?

Millions of North Americans are taking a daily Aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease. But is it a good idea? Recently the "Archives of Medicine" analyzed nine clinical trials to answer this question.

   The study concluded that for people without a history of heart attack or stroke, low dose 81 milligram Aspirin may do more harm that good. This daily practice decreased the chance of a non-fatal heart attack by 20 percent, but there was a 30 percent increase in the risk of serious gastrointestinal bleeding. Moreover, the daily use of Aspirin did not reduce deaths from heart attack or stroke.

   So the benefit is for those who have already had a coronary attack.

    The study did also mention that Aspirin may decrease the risk of colon cancer.