Benefits of Aspirin Different for Women than for Men
It’s been accepted knowledge for a long time that a daily dose of aspirin can
reduce the risk of heart attack. But studies about this have been done primarily
on men. Recently, a report from the Women’s Health Study revealed that aspirin
was not especially effective in preventing first heart attacks or death from
cardiovascular disease in women. But aspirin was
effective in reducing
the risk of stroke in women.
Women should talk with their doctors about the risks of taking aspirin versus
the benefits to determine whether it’s a good idea to start an aspirin regimen.
The Women’s Health Study took place over 10 years and looked at 40,000
healthy women ages 45 and older. It was supported by the National Institutes of
Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer
The New England Journal of Medicine online, 7 March 2005