Task force updates guidelines on taking daily aspirin

03/17/2009 | Forbes

Updated U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines on taking a daily aspirin are specific to age and gender and indicate lower doses are as effective as and safer than higher doses of the drug. The task force recommends men ages 45 to 79 should take a daily aspirin if the benefits of preventing a heart attack outweigh the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Women ages 55 to 79 should take it if reducing the risk of stroke outweighs the risks of GI bleeding.

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